Marathon bombing trial to start today with jury selection

Nearly two years after the Boston Marathon tragedy, the trial of one of the accused bombers is set to open — the final chapter of a saga that will forever be ingrained in the city’s history.

Starting Monday, the judge, prosecutors, and defense lawyers will start whittling down a list of more than 1,200 names, aiming to find 12 jurors and six alternates capable of deciding whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, is guilty, and if so, whether he should be put to death.

The trial, which is attracting international attention, is expected to move especially slowly and with more than the usual care because a life is at stake; testimony probably will not begin until February, and a verdict may take until late spring or early summer.

  • tom_billesley

    The defence will be disappointed they can’t get a teenage girl jury.

  • Hard Little Machine

    What are the odds on a Presidential pardon?

  • Minicapt

    “… with more than the usual care because a life is at stake;”
    … as opposed to normal murder trials for which the jury can be finagled?


  • Gary

    Watch for the mental illness angle and how islam had nothing to do with it.