BOSTON – Federal prosecutors are disputing arguments from lawyers for Dzohkhar Tsarnaev that the Boston Marathon bombing suspect cannot receive a fair trial in Boston.
In a reply filed on Monday in U.S. District Court, prosecutors called polling data presented by a defense expert "false and misleading." Tsarnaev's lawyers, who have requested that the November trial be moved to Washington, D.C., claim the survey conducted in May shows most potential jurors in Massachusetts hold an "overwhelming presumption of guilt."
Prosecutors, who oppose moving the trial, also said the survey greatly exaggerated the amount of local media coverage of the case by including many news stories that had little or nothing to do with the bombing.
Tsarnaev is charged in the April 2013 attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.