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U.S. Court Denies Boston Bomber New Trial; Death Sentence Stands


Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's bid for a new trial was rejected by a U.S. judge.

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's bid for a new trial was rejected by a U.S. judge.

A U.S. judge rejected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's bid for a new trial and ordered him to pay victims of the deadly attack more than $101 million in restitution.

The restitution order issued on January 15 was largely symbolic because Tsarnaev, who was born in Kyrgyzstan to Chechnyan parents and later emigrated to the United States, is in federal prison and has no ability to pay.

In denying a new trial, the court noted that it previously rejected arguments from Tsarnaev's lawyers that he could not get a fair trial in Boston, where media coverage of the attack was intense and many people knew the victims.

Tsarnaev, 22, was sentenced to death last year for the 2013 attack. Two pressure cooker bombs placed near the marathon finish line by Tsarnaev and his brother killed three people and injured more than 260 others.

Tsarnaev also was convicted of killing a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer days later. During the sentencing hearing Tsarnaev admitted that he and his brother committed the bombings, and he apologized to the victims.

His brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died days after the bombing following a gunbattle with police.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters
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