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Lawyers get more time to seek new venue for Boston bomb trial

Published on Jan 15, 2014 6:16 AM

BOSTON (REUTERS) - A US judge on Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014, agreed to extend a deadline for attorneys for the accused Boston Marathon bomber to determine whether they will seek to move his trial outside of Boston.

Lawyers had argued that the Feb 28 deadline was unreasonable given that the US Justice Department is not expected to decide until late January whether accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 20, will face the possibility of execution if convicted.

US District Court Judge George O'Toole made his decision known in a brief electronic filing in Boston federal court. The filing did not explain his reasoning or give a new deadline.

US laws generally require a person accused of crimes to face trial in the district where the crimes were committed, though defence attorneys may seek to have the proceedings moved to a district where potential jurors may have been less influenced by pre-trial publicity.

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