Did marathon bomber get fair trial? Court weighs arguments

PHILIP MARCELO Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Marathon bomber's lawyers urged a federal court to overturn their client's death sentence, arguing Thursday that intense media coverage and signs of juror bias led to an unfair trial. The three-judge panel for the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals didn't render a decision on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's sentence but devoted a significant amount of inquiry into how two jurors were allowed to remain on the case, even after their social media posts suggested they harbored strong opinions. "You've got lots of qualifiable jurors in Boston," Judge William Kayatta said in one lengthy exchange with prosecutors. "You just need to make sure the government doesn't cause the court to pick the wrong ones. That's what it sounds like you did." Tsarn
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