BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev filed a motion for a new trial Monday,
less than two weeks after he was formally sentenced to death for the 2013 attack.
"required in the interests of justice."
Tsarnaev, 21, was convicted of 30 federal charges in the bombing, which killed three people and injured
more than 260. The same jury recommended the death penalty, and a federal judge on June 24 sentenced him
Tsarnaev’s lawyers call the motion a "placeholder" until they can file a more detailed motion
The defense also filed a request for a judgment notwithstanding the verdict. Both motions are routinely
filed by defense lawyers asking a judge to toss out the jury’s verdict.
A spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
During his trial, Tsarnaev’s lawyers admitted that he and his brother planted two pressure-cooker bombs
near the finish line of the marathon. They argued that his older brother, Tamerlan, was the mastermind
of the attack and asked the jury to sentence him to life in prison instead of to death.
Tamerlan was killed during an escape attempt several days after the bombings.
Among the arguments expected to be raised in Tsarnaev’s appeal is the defense contention that the trial
should have been moved out of Massachusetts because of the emotional impact the bombing had here. Judge
George O’Toole Jr. rejected numerous requests from Tsarnaev’s lawyers to move the trial.
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