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Judge Denies Trial Delay for Boston Bombing Suspect After Paris Attack

Lawyers for bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had asked a judge to delay jury selection in the trial because of "extraordinary prejudice."

In an unusually quick move, the judge in the Boston Marathon bombing trial has denied a request from defense lawyers who asked for the delay of jury selection in light of the Paris terror attacks. Judge George O'Toole dismissed the defense motion Wednesday morning without even waiting for the federal government to file a response.

"No response from the government is necessary," the judge wrote in an order. He added that his review of juror questionnaires thus far "has confirmed, rather then undermined, my judgment that a fair and impartial jury can and will be chosen to determine the issues in this case."

Lawyers for bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said in a filing late Tuesday that jury selection should be delayed for at least a month to allow the news coverage of last week's deadly Paris attacks to subside. They specifically cited press reports drawing parallels to what happened there and the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people and injured more than 250 in 2013.

The questioning of prospective jurors is still scheduled to begin Thursday.


— Pete Williams and Tom Winter