BOSTON — A federal judge has criticized lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for publicly releasing portions of confidential juror questionnaires.
Judge George O'Toole Jr. called the release "improper."
Earlier Thursday, Tsarnaev's lawyers quoted excerpts from questionnaires in arguing that Tsarnaev cannot receive a fair trial in Massachusetts because many people already believe he's guilty and have personal connections to the bombings. They filed a third motion to move the trial outside the state.
O'Toole wrote that "great care" has been taken to protect the privacy of jurors. He ordered the defense motion sealed from public view.
Tsarnaev is accused of working with his brother to carry out the 2013 attack, which killed three people and injured more than 260. Tamerlan Tsarnaev died in a shootout with police.