Judge rejects bid to delay Tsarnaev trial over Paris attacks

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has rejected a bid by Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to suspend jury selection in his trial for at least a month because of the Paris terror attacks.

Tsarnaev’s lawyers asked for the delay Tuesday, arguing that the Paris attacks last week placed the marathon bombings “at the center of a grim global drama.”

Judge George O’Toole Jr. denied the motion Wednesday morning, saying that the juror questionnaires he’s reviewed so far has confirmed his judgment that “a fair and impartial jury can and will be chosen.”

Jury selection began last week in Boston and is scheduled to resume Thursday with individual questioning. More than 1,350 prospective jurors have been called in to federal court to fill out lengthy juror questionnaires.

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