From the Globe Opinion forum, “You react: The Tsarnaev trial,” here are some of the best responses to the question: “Can Dzhokhar Tsarnaev get a fair trial in Boston?”
“As someone who has served on a 1st degree murder trial, I know how important the verdict depends on solid evidence presented by the prosecutor. Experience tells me this trial will strictly depend on evidence. No matter where it’s held, jurors will see the evidence and independently determine.” — Jean Gibran
“I don’t see how he will get fair trial if the jury pool is systematically scrubbed of all people who oppose the death penalty. What you will end up with is a ‘hanging jury’ of people predisposed to prefer security over civil liberties and less willing to look skeptically at the evidence.” — John in Newburyport
“Definitely not. The trial should not be taking place in Boston. It’s a federal case, it’s easy to move it somewhere else, something that should have already been done.” — Alex Pearlman
“Understandably Tsarnaev cannot have a fair trial in Boston. Our losses are too fresh. The press has kept the bombing in the forefront of our minds. Any mitigating factors: his youth, his neglect by his family, the powerful influence of his older brother, these will be ignored. Revenge will rule.” — Sayre Sheldon
“Yes, I think a part of our judicial system is a trial by a jury OF YOUR PEERS. In my mind, location feeds into the notion of peer. It may take longer to seat a fair and impartial jury here, but I’m confident it can be done.” — MHoran
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