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Juror transportation reviewed in Tsarnaev death penalty appeal

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in a 2014 courtroom sketch.

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in a 2014 courtroom sketch.

Juror transportation during the high-profile trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was sentenced to death in 2015, could be one of the many factors under review in his pending appeal, records show.

The issue of how jurors were escorted to and from the Moakley Courthouse surfaced in a brief order that US District Court Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. entered on Friday.

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“I understand from the Clerk’s Office that counsel are requesting copies of the Jury Management and Transportation Order, which was sealed during the proceedings in order to protect the confidential juror transportation arrangements made by the United States Marshal Service and to minimize the risk of juror contamination [by outside factors],” O’Toole wrote.

“Upon review of the order, I see no reason for a continuation of the seal. Therefore, the Clerks Office is directed to unseal the document and docket entry text as to Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev.”

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The document remained unavailable for review on the federal Public Access to Court Electronic Records, or PACER, website as of 10 p.m. Friday.

Tsarnaev, 23, was sentenced to death for his role in the April 15, 2013 bombings, which killed three people and wounded more than 260. His appeal is pending before the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston.

His older brother and co-conspirator, Tamerlan, was killed in a clash with police days after the attacks. Tsarnaev is being held at a supermax prison in Colorado.

Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.
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