Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the accused Boston Marathon bomber, have asked a federal judge to hold a hearing to probe alleged grand jury leaks and public comments that “have plagued this case since its inception.”
“The public comments and leaks threaten Mr. Tsarnaev’s right to a fair trial, and the court should direct the prosecution to put a stop to them,” Judy Clarke, one of Tsarnaev’s lawyers, said in a filing late Friday.
Prosecutors did not immediately respond to the request. The new filing is one of several recent motions and responses that have been filed by both sides in the high-profile case.
Tsarnaev, 20, is being held without bail at the federal prison at Fort Devens in Ayer, facing multiple charges that carry the possibility of the death penalty. He is set to go on trial in November on charges of setting off the April 15, 2013, bombs, which killed three people and injured more than 260.
In the filing, Clarke cited a recent National Geographic Channel television documentary that featured former Boston FBI special agent in charge Richard DesLauriers and which showed previously unreleased video footage of Tsarnaev leaving a backpack at the scene of the bombings.
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