Boston Bombing Suspect's Trial Begins Monday: What To Expect
Jury selection begins Monday in the case of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Here's how the trial's early days are expected to go.By Jasmine Bailey | January 4, 2015
More than a year and a half after the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombings — where three people lost their lives and 280 others were injured — the first step in the trial, jury selection for accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is set to begin. But with a pool of about 1,200 people, selection isn't expected to be a quick process.
"They're being called in panels, 200 to 250 at a time, two panels a day. They will fill out questionnaires, and then they will get weeded out. ... They're predicting four to six weeks," explained CBS legal expert Rikki Klieman.
Klieman says a juror must first be able to sit through a trial that could take as long as five months. And, like in other high-profile cases, they must prove the publicity has not made them biased. Lastly, and this is specific to the state of Massachusetts, a juror must state they're open to the possibility of handing down a death penalty.