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Marathon Bombing Suspects’ Sister Faces NYC Judge


NEW YORK — A defense lawyer says the Boston Marathon bombing suspects’ sister denies making phone threats, allegations that have resulted in a harassment charge.

Authorities say Ailina Tsarnaeva of North Bergen, New Jersey, claimed that people she knew could bomb the home of a woman who was previously involved with her husband.

Her lawyer, Susan Marcus, said Tuesday that the claim is “uncorroborated.”

Bail was set at $5,000.

Tsarnaeva told reporters she had “nothing to say.”

Authorities say Tsarnaeva has been required to check in with Massachusetts probation officers since last October after she failed to cooperate with a counterfeiting investigation.

Her brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty in the April 2013 marathon explosions, which killed three people. Her other brother, Tamerlan, died after a gunbattle with police.

Jury selection begins for trial of Tsarnaev friend Robel Phillipos - The Boston Globe


Robel Phillipos, 21, is charged with lying to authorities investigating the bombing.


Robel Phillipos, 21, is charged with lying to authorities investigating the bombing.

Jury selection has begun in the trial of a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who is accused of lying to authorities investigating the bombing.

Robel Phillipos is charged with making false statements when he was questioned about his movements on April 18, 2013, three days after the bombing and hours after the FBI released photos of Tsarnaev and his brother as suspects in the attack.

Prosecutors allege that Phillipos, of Cambridge, lied about being in Tsarnaev’s dorm room while two other friends — Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev — removed a laptop and a backpack containing fireworks that had been emptied of their explosive powder. Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev both were convicted of conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

Jury selection began Monday in federal court.

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Trial starts Jan 5, 2015

Stays in Boston!

Judge rules Tsarnaev trial to be held in Boston


Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial will be held in Boston, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers argued that their client would be unable to get a fair trial in Boston because of the intense media coverage of the case.

His lawyers also wanted the start of the trial to be moved to September 2015 to have more time going over evidence in the case, but Judge George O’Toole Jr. ruled that the start of the trial would be moved to Jan. 5.

Authorities said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev , set off the two pressure cooker bombs at the Boston Marathon’s finish line in April 2013, killing three people and injuring more than 260.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed during a shootout with police days after the explosion.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges and could face the death penalty if convicted.

Judge moves marathon bombing suspect trial to Jan. 2015 in Boston


**2 months? That’s a joke and the reasoning for keeping it in Boston is crap. The same excuse could be used in every trial that is moved including the Oklahoma City bombing which killed well over 100 people thus making those affected a much greater number of people and that trial was in Denver and the lawyers got more time to prep than this. Is the judge trying to give the defense more grounds for appeals or what?**

BOSTON ( — A judge has granted a two-month trial delay for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, but denied a defense request to move his trial.

Judge George O’Toole ruled Wednesday night that the trial will begin Jan. 5 instead of Nov.3.

The U.S. attorney announced Wednesday that a judge has decided to move the Judge moves Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial to Jan. 5 next year. There was talk of the trial being moved, but it will in fact take place in Boston.

This comes after lawyers for Tsarnaev asked to delay his trial until at least September 2015. They also tried twice to move his trial out of Boston, arguing that he cannot get a fair trial there because of the emotional impact of the deadly attack.

Prosecutors say 21-year-old Tsarnaev and his now-deceased older brother placed two pressure cooker bombs that exploded near the marathon’s finish line last year. Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured.

Tsarnaev could face the death penalty if convicted.

Venue Change Denied for Phillipos
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s college friend again seeks change of venue - The Boston Globe


A college friend of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is again seeking a change of venue for his trial on charges of making false statements to investigators probing the bombings.

Robel Phillipos is seeking to have his trial moved from Boston to either Springfield; Portland, Maine; or Providence.

Phillipos’s attorneys argue in a filing today in US District Court in Boston that pretrial publicity has made it impossible for Phillipos to receive a fair trial before an impartial jury.

“Mr. Phillipos deserves an unfettered and unbiased jury. Without a change of venue, the defendant cannot receive such a jury under the unique circumstances of this case,” the filing said.

It is Phillipos’s second motion for a change of venue.

Phillipos is one of three friends of Tsarnaev’s from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth who faced charges in connection with the removal of bombing case evidence from Tsarnaev’s dorm room. Azamat Tazhayakov was convicted in July. Dias Kadyrbayev pleaded guilty in August.

Phillipos is charged with lying to investigators about being with Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev on the night, three days after the bombings, that they entered the dorm room.

Tsarnaev is facing a November trial on charges that could bring him the death penalty in the April 15, 2013, bombings that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others. He and his late older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, also allegedly murdered an MIT police officer several days after the bombing. Shortly afterward, the older brother was killed in a confrontation with police. The younger brother escaped, but after a massive manhunt, was captured.