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Judge sets November trial for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in marathon bombing



By DENISE LAVOIE

BOSTON (AP) - A federal judge on Wednesday set a November trial date for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev over the objections of defense attorneys who said that will not give them enough time to prepare.

Judge George O'Toole Jr. said he believes a Nov. 3 trial is realistic and fair.

Tsarnaev's lawyers had asked for a trial date no earlier than September 2015. Prosecutors, who are seeking the death penalty for Tsarnaev, want the trial this fall.

Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to 30 federal counts in the April 15 bombings that killed three people and injured 260 others. Several of those injured in the bombings were in court on Wednesday, but Tsarnaev was not.

Prosecutors allege that the 20-year-old Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, planted two homemade pressure cooker bombs near the marathon's finish line. Tamerlan Tsarnaev died following a shootout with police a few days later.

Defense attorney Judy Clarke said federal prosecutors have been "sluggish" in responding to requests to turn over evidence and there are a "tremendous amount of logistical hurdles" for the defense to be ready for trial in November.

In particular, Clarke cited 2,000 pieces of physical evidence that are still in the FBI's lab near Washington, D.C., that the defense hasn't been able to examine.

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tjw1031 February 13 2014 at 9:07 AM

Muslim killer? that's a little to racial for me but anyway he will rot in prison for the rest of his life
anyway.

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aajarm February 13 2014 at 6:59 AM

Another useless Muslim killer. Remember, if you are not part of the solution, chances are, you are part of the problem. I haven't seen many Muslims police their own. Why? Because they are the foundation of the problem. They are a cancer that hides behind freedom of religion.

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Perry February 13 2014 at 5:07 AM

Too bad there has to be a trial

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siscosdad February 13 2014 at 3:57 AM

Looking forward to when this neanderthal is injected.

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rbostonbred February 13 2014 at 12:30 AM

He was born useless and he will die useless. He will never amount to anything in life. He is possibly the most hated young man in Massachusetts. He cost the Commonwealth of massachusetts milions of dollars. Name one reason he needs to be here on Earth.

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siscosdad February 13 2014 at 3:56 AM

This is what I expect from Muslims. Anyone who calls this a religion is as insane as they are.

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Bill March 15 2014 at 9:01 PM

he probably has a minimum of 10 to 20 marriage proposals so far ?

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JEFF February 12 2014 at 10:19 PM

Someone should just wack him in federal holding , instead of spending millions on trial costs. They should use the trial money for the injured, and KIAs instead of defending that worthless scumbag.

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PEGGY February 12 2014 at 10:03 PM

Very happy! Got a bad feeling this date will be changed. Boston went through drama with Whitey Bulger earlier this year Do wonder -most probably will ask and get " Change of Venue"!

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siscosdad February 12 2014 at 9:57 PM

Angela gets dissed for a perfect performance. I agree with her reaction. The judges are blind.

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Bill February 12 2014 at 8:45 PM

I wonder how many marriage proposals he has already received ?

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rbostonbred February 13 2014 at 12:31 AM

zero.. his mail is confiscated.

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xanadutu February 12 2014 at 8:19 PM

Just put a length of rope with a noose on one end in his cell for a month!! If the mother-effer is guilty, he won't use it!!

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