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Boston Bombing Trial: Defense Presses for Delay

In a Monday filing, the lawyers complain that they need more time to comb through the prosecution's evidence.

Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are continuing to press their bid for a trial delay, suggesting that prosecutors have not turned over material that could help them show their client was under the sway of his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnav.

"The brothers’ alleged 'radicalization' is a more complex story over a longer period of time that can only be understood by painstaking analysis of activity across multiple electronic devices that the government has seized," the defense wrote in a Monday filing.

Previously, Tsarnaev's team slammed the government for dumping a mountain of files on them less than a month before trial, withholding some exhibits and belatedly adding a new DNA expert. Prosecutors have argued Tsarnaev's lawyers are exaggerating the situation and insist they have turned over everything required.

The trial is slated to start in January, but the defense are asking for a nine-month delay. Tsarnaev, 21, faces 30 federal counts in the April 2013 attack on the marathon, which left three people dead and more than 260 injured. He could get the death penalty if convicted.


— Tracy Connor and Susan Kroll