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Prosecutors urge judge to keep Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial in Boston

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BOSTON (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors on Tuesday urged a judge to reject accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s request to move his trial outside of the city, saying there was no evidence that it would be impossible to select an impartial jury.

Prosecutors noted that, in making their request to hold his trial outside the district where three people were killed and 264 injured by the April 2013 bombing, defense attorneys had cited negative media coverage but presented no specific examples.

They also challenged in papers filed in U.S. District Court in Boston a poll commissioned by the defense that found that 57.9 percent of Boston respondents regarded the 20-year-old Tsarnaev as “definitely guilty” and more than half said they had participated in the race in some way or knew someone who had.

Prosecutors noted that the Eastern District of Massachusetts, from which a panel would be selected, is home to more than 5 million people.

“Tsarnaev’s narrow focus on the city of Boston renders his poll data largely irrelevant, because jurors in this case will be drawn from an area 100 times the size of Boston and ten times more populous,” prosecutors wrote.

They also challenged his defense’s use of the trial of Timothy McVeigh, who was convicted of the 1995 bombing of a federal office building in Oklahoma City in a trial held in Denver, as an example of a similarly high-profile trial moved out of its district.

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In that case, they noted, the building that housed the court had been badly damaged by the attack and thus was unavailable for the trial.

“The question decided in McVeigh therefore was not whether to move the trial but only where to move it,” they wrote.

Tsarnaev, who is also accused of shooting dead a university police officer three days after the bombing as he and his older brother Tamerlan prepared to flee the city, is due to go on trial in November. He faces the possibility of execution if convicted.

Tamerlan died in a gunfight with police hours after the two are accused of having shot the police officer.

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(Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Eric Beech)

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Florida Republicans concoct a new scheme to make it harder for students to vote

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Florida Republicans do not want to make voting easy for college students — a demographic that leans heavily Democratic.

Former GOP Secretary of State Ken Detzner, an appointee of Gov. Rick Scott, took that to the extreme in 2014, with an order banning county election officials from setting up any early voting sites on college campuses. Last year, following a lawsuit by the League of Women Voters, federal District Judge Mark Walker struck down that order as an unconstitutional burden on students' voting rights. As a result, some 60,000 people were able to vote early on 11 college campuses in Florida in 2018.

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WATCH: Trump supporter arrested for smacking reporter’s phone outside Orlando rally

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A Trump supporter was arrested during an altercation with a reporter and another man outside the president's Orlando campaign rally.

Video recorded by an Orlando Sentinel reporter shows a man wearing a red "Make America Great Again" hat and another man outside the Amway Center, where President Donald Trump officially kicked off his 2020 campaign.

The two men appear to be arguing with one another, although the second man also appears to be angry about something that took place inside the arena, when the man wearing the Trump hat notices the reporter recording them with a phone.

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The real threat to America isn’t Trump’s ‘deep state’ — it’s Trump’s corrupt state: Robert Reich

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Trump has been ramping up his “Deep State” rhetoric again. He’s back to blaming a cabal of bureaucrats, FBI and CIA agents, Democrats, and “enemies of the people” in the mainstream media, for conspiring to remove him from office in order to allow the denizens of foreign shi*tholes to overrun America.

But with each passing day it’s becoming clearer that the real threat to America isn’t Trump’s Deep State. It’s Trump’s Corrupt State.

Not since Warren G. Harding’s sordid administration have as many grifters, crooks and cronies occupied high positions in Washington.

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