With so much going on in the news, the details of the Boston Marathon Bomber's jury trial have fallen from the headlines a bit, at least for those of us not in New England. Yet even before the trial starts, a controversy has erupted over whether the trial venue should be changed from Boston to another federal district. I find this issue, one of jury rights and community rights and defendant's rights--fascinating, and so I wanted to share some of what's been published recently:
1) Tsarnaev's defense, having had their motion for removal twice rejected already, is hoping that hopefully third time will be the charm, filing today. (hat tip: Legal Times & Howard Bashman)
2) Leon Nefakh has a fascinating piece in Slate today discussing jury bias in the Tsarnaev, Eton Patz, and Colorado shooting jury trials
3) The New York Times recently held one of their "Room for Debate" online forums on whether Tsarnaev's trial should be moved, featuring Valerie Hans, Jeffrey Abramson, Lincoln Caplan, Richard Lind, Thaddeus Hoffmeister, and myself.