Jury selection in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ended its second week Friday in what appeared to be a disastrous re-run of the previous week - with the majority of candidates already convinced of the suspected Boston Marathon bomber's guilt, including a punk rocker vehemently opposed to the death penalty, and a possible stealth juror who used an anti-Muslim cartoon as his Facebook profile picture.
U.S District judge George O'Toole questioned 18 candidates as he sought to impanel an unbiased team of 12 jurors and 6 alternates to determine whether Tsarnaev, 21, is guilty of killing three people and injuring more than 260 in the 2013 marathon attacks, and if so, whether he deserves to die by lethal injection.
Juror 250, a punk rocker and member of a band who worked for , the official beer sponsor for the Boston Marathon, said he believed Tsarnaev was guilty based on media coverage of the case and would find it "incredibly hard" to be objective and set those beliefs aside.
argued local print media circulation figures were so low in comparison to the population, potential jurors were unlikely to have been exposed the to adverse publicity , the suspected Boston Marathon bombers trial should stay in Boston
aid public confidence in the fairness of trial proceedings is now "damaged beyond repair", and urged judge to abandon ongoing Boston jury selection immediately to order the trial out of state, in a court filing Friday.