Lawyer: Finding Impartial Jury for Tsarnaev's Friend Will Be Difficult - NECN

Lawyer: Finding Impartial Jury for Tsarnaev's Friend Will Be Difficult

Azamat Tazhayakov is charged with impending investigation into Boston Marathon bombings

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    Lawyer: Finding Impartial Jury for Tsarnaev's Friend Will Be Difficult
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    This undated photo added on April 18, 2013 to the VK page of Dias Kadyrbayev shows, from left, Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, from Kazakhstan, with Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Times Square in New York. Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov, two college buddies of Tsarnaev, were jailed by immigration authorities the day after Tsarnaev's capture. They are not suspects, but are being held for violating their student visas by not regularly attending classes, Kadyrbayev�s lawyer, Robert Stahl said. They are being detained at a county jail in Boston. (AP Photo/VK)

    Lawyers for a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have asked a judge to allow potential jurors to be questioned on their attitudes about Muslims and whether they know anyone who was injured in the deadly attack.

    Azamat Tazhayakov is charged with impeding the investigation into the 2013 bombing, which killed three people and injured more than 260.

    Tazhayakov is not charged with participating in the bombing or knowing about it in advance. His lawyers are trying to find ways of rooting out jurors who may be biased against him because of his relationship with Tsarnaev and the impact of the bombings.

    During a hearing Wednesday, Tazhayakov's lawyer noted the extensive media coverage and said "the concept of impartiality is going to be tested."

    Jury selection begins Monday.