Prosecutors argue against moving Tsarnaev trial

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Federal prosecutors are disputing arguments from lawyers for marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev that he cannot receive a fair trial in Boston.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. File picture: Federal Bureau of Investigation, via AP. Credit: Associated Press

In a reply filed on Monday in US District Court, prosecutors called polling data presented by a defence expert “false and misleading”.

Tsarnaev's lawyers have requested that the November trial be moved to Washington, DC. They claim the survey conducted in May shows most potential jurors in Massachusetts hold an “overwhelming presumption of guilt”.

Prosecutors also said the survey greatly exaggerated the amount of local media coverage of the case by including many news stories that had little or nothing to do with the bombing.

Tsarnaev is charged in the April 2013 attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others. - Sapa-AP