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Paris terror attacks could prompt renewed bid to delay Boston Marathon bombing trial

  • FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 file courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, left, is depicted beside U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., right, as O'Toole addresses a pool of potential jurors in a jury assembly room at the federal courthouse, in Boston. Two highly anticipated criminal trials are underway almost simultaneously in Massachusetts: the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and the murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins, File)

    FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 file courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, left, is depicted beside U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., right, as O'Toole addresses a pool of potential jurors in a jury assembly room at the federal courthouse, in Boston. Two highly anticipated criminal trials are underway almost simultaneously in Massachusetts: the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and the murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, file courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, left, is depicted beside U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., right, as O'Toole addresses a pool of potential jurors in a jury assembly room at the federal courthouse, in Boston. Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a judge on Tuesday, Jan. 13, to suspend jury selection in his trial for at least a month because the recent terrorist attacks in France have again placed the marathon bombings "at the center of a grim global drama." (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins, File)

    FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, file courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, left, is depicted beside U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., right, as O'Toole addresses a pool of potential jurors in a jury assembly room at the federal courthouse, in Boston. Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a judge on Tuesday, Jan. 13, to suspend jury selection in his trial for at least a month because the recent terrorist attacks in France have again placed the marathon bombings "at the center of a grim global drama." (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins, File)  (The Associated Press)

Legal analysts say the terror attacks in Paris could provide new grounds for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv's) lawyers to argue that his trial should be delayed and perhaps moved outside of Boston.

Defense lawyers and jury consultants say the pall cast by the attacks in Paris last week could make it even more difficult to pick an impartial jury with the new terror attack fresh in the minds of prospective jurors.

Jury selection began last week and is set to resume Thursday.

Tsarnaev's lawyers have tried repeatedly to delay the start of the trial and move its location. But the judge has so far rejected their requests.

Legal experts say the defense could argue a delay is needed until the immediate impact of the Paris attacks fades.