Boston Marathon bomber’s lawyers argue for new trial

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BOSTON — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have urged a judge to grant him a new trial.

Tsarnaev was convicted and sentenced to death for his role in the 2013 bombings, which killed three people.

Tsarnaev’s lawyers told a judge Tuesday that a recent Supreme Court ruling calls into question 15 of the 30 counts against him. The defense argued that those counts likely influenced jurors when they decided he deserved the death penalty, so Tsarnaev should receive a new trial and a new sentencing proceeding.

Tsarnaev’s lawyers said at trial that he and his older brother carried out the bombings, but said his brother was the mastermind and Dzhokhar didn’t deserve the death penalty.

Tsarnaev didn’t attend Tuesday’s hearing.

Judge George O’Toole Jr. didn’t immediately rule.

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