Tsarnaev friend seeks change of venue


A friend of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wants a change of venue for his upcoming federal trial in Boston on obstruction charges. A lawyer for Azamat Tazhayakov wrote in a motion Friday that his client “cannot obtain a fair and impartial trial” in Massachusetts. Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, who like Tsarnaev are former students at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, are charged with obstructing justice after the bombings last April 15. Another man who was also enrolled at the university, Robel Phillipos, is charged with lying to law enforcement officials after the blasts.

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