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Boston bombing trial opens with jury selection

Boston bombing trial opens with jury selection
The long-awaited trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev began on Monday with jury selection, 20 months after the devastating attack that killed three at the city’s signature race.

Tsarnaev, a 21-year-old Muslim of Chechen origin, faces the death penalty if convicted in federal court for what was the worst act of terror on US soil since the September 11 attacks in 2001. Dressed in a dark pullover and light pants and with a shock of tangled hair and small beard, Tsarnaev appeared opposite a first group of 200 to 250 potential jurors as US district Judge George O’Toole briefly reviewed the charges against him.  “What you need is a commitment to justice,” O’Toole advised the jurors.

Tsarnaev — flanked by his defense team — including the use of a weapon of mass destruction leading to death, and carrying out an attack in a public place.
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