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Boston bombing lawyers plan to summon 2,000 people to pick a jury

Prosecutors and defense attorneys in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said in court papers filed Friday that they will need to summon 2,000 people to pick a jury in the terror trial, which is slated to begin on Nov. 3.

Defense attorneys Miriam Conrad (L) and Judy Clarke (center) flank Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as Judge Marianne Bowler (R) looks on in court in Boston, Massachusetts in this July 10, 2013 court sketch. HANDOUT Defense attorneys Miriam Conrad (L) and Judy Clarke (center) flank Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as Judge Marianne Bowler (R) looks on in court in Boston, Massachusetts in this July 10, 2013 court sketch. HANDOUT

Prosecutors and defense attorneys in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said in court papers filed Friday that they will need to summon 2,000 people to pick a jury in the terror trial, which is slated to begin on Nov. 3.

The lawyers want to issue summonses about six weeks before the trial kicks off, and hope to narrow down their selection to a 12-person jury with six alternate jurors.

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On the first two days of trial, 800 people will be brought to the courthouse, sworn in and asked to fill out questionnaires, according to the jury selection proposals.

Both defense and prosecutors will be able to dismiss potential jurors for their own reasons.

The proposals came the same day U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s office filed a motion opposing requests by Tsarnaev's lawyers to delay the trial to September 2015.

Defense lawyers are also seeking to move the trial from Boston to Washington, though no decision has been made on that matter. Federal prosecutors have argued against the move, and have pointed to an ousting of Tsarnaev's defense attorneys from Russia for allegedly posing as FBI employees.

“While conducting interviews in Russia, the members of the defense team reportedly refused to produce documents confirming their legal status and identified themselves as employees of the FBI,” prosecutors said in a legal brief. “As a result, the Russian government found that the defense team members had violated the Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation and expelled them.”

Tsarnaev, 21, is a naturalized U.S. citizen who moved to Boston from Russia with his family more than a decade ago. He is accused of detonating two bombs by the Boylston Street Boston Marathon finish line on April 15, 2014 - killing three and injuring 264.

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