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  1. Boston Preps for Tsarnaev Trial Start

    The case against the alleged Boston Marathon bomber promises some catharsis, but also opens anew a death penalty debate. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s attorney is famous for plea deals that spare her clients death row. But the feds seem determined to add the Bostonian to death row in a state where it’s outlawed locally. Jury selection begins Monday, from one of the largest pools ever called. The defense is expected to focus on the influence of Tsarnaev’s older brother. Bostonians hope for closure. Tsarnaev appears to hope for life in prison.

    NYT

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