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Boston bombing suspect attorneys want to rein in groupies

Supporters of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hold signs outside the Moakley Federal Courthouse on

Lawyers for accused Boston bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev, who is set to begin trial on Jan. 5, have asked a federal judge to take “reasonable measures” to control demonstrations by people, mostly women, who claim to support the 21-year-old terror suspect.

In a motion filed on Monday, defense attorneys said the demonstrations, in which Tsarnaev supporters blame the bombing on a government conspiracy, could threaten his right to a fair trial.

The demonstrators have also suggested that the bombing deaths and injuries were faked by so-called “crisis actors.”

Defense attorneys said in the motion that Tsarnaev does not agree with these notions.

Also on Monday, his lawyers asked again, that the high-profile trial be moved out of the city. They say Tsarnaev won’t get a fair trial.

“The crimes charged inflicted actual injury on the entire local population,” attorneys wrote in court papers filed late Monday. “Greater Boston, was itself, a victim.”

Prosecutors have argued that impartial juries have previously been selected for high-profile trials. It was unknown whether a hearing will be held to discuss the matter.

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