BOSTON (AP) — Attorneys for a mate of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev questioned a choose Wednesday to enable possible jurors to be questioned on their attitudes about Muslims
and a host of other concerns developed to root out bias towards their customer.nnTsarnaev's pal Azamat Tazhayakov, 20, is billed with impeding the investigation into the 2013 bombing, which killed three men and women and wounded a lot more than 260. He and a different friend are accused of getting rid of items from Tsarnaev's dorm area at the College of Massachusetts-Dartmouth times immediately after the bombing.nnTazhayakov is not billed with participating in the bombing or realizing about it in advance. But his legal professionals said through a pretrial listening to Wednesday that they are involved about bias towards him due to the fact of his connection with Tsarnaev and the influence of the bombings.nnJury range is set to start off Monday. Tazhayakov is the to start with of 4 close friends of the suspects in the bombing to go to trial. They are billed with impeding the investigation in some way or lying to investigators.nnAuthorities say Tsarnaev, then 19, and his brother, Tamerlan, planted two stress cooker bombs in the vicinity of the complete line of the marathon, an assault they saw as retaliation for U.S. steps in Muslim countries. Dzhokhar has pleaded not guilty and awaits demo Tamerlan was killed in a shootout with police.nnTazhayakov, of Kazakhstan, arrived to the United States on a pupil visa to show up at UMass-Dartmouth. His attorneys asked U.S. District Choose Douglas Woodlock to probe attitudes about Muslims, his country of origin and students from other international locations who arrive to the U.S. to attend higher education.nnBoth prosecutors and Tazhayakov's attorneys asked Woodlock to involve a problem asking prospective jurors if they know any person who was wounded in the bombings.nnWoodlock scheduled an additional listening to Thursday to finalize the juror questionnaire.
nnTazhayakov's attorneys also asked Woodlock to look at Sequestering agents
jurors after they start out deliberating the case.nnAttorney Matthew Meyers famous the intensive media coverage and explained at the time jurors start deliberating, there is an amplified threat that they will go on line and see a little something about the case.nnWoodlock, having said that, mentioned he trusts jurors to adhere to his recommendations to keep away from media coverage.
nn"I'm disinclined (to sequester jurors) unless there's a actually persuasive motive," he mentioned.
nnWoodlock also scolded Tazhayakov's lawyers for telling reporters this 7 days that Tazhayakov had rejected a plea deal provided by prosecutors. The judge mentioned community rules limit lawyers from chatting outdoors court docket about a circumstance
in the course of demo.nn"I realize counsel want to be accommodating to the media, but you would superior comply with the procedures," he mentioned.