Prosecutors have urged a federal appeals court to reject a bid to move the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev out of Massachusetts.
In a filing Tuesday with the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, prosecutors noted that the judge has already qualified 54 people to serve as jurors. They said of those, 63 percent indicated they have not formed an opinion that Tsarnaev is guilty and 37 percent indicated they could set aside their opinions and be impartial.
Tsarnaev's lawyers say he cannot receive a fair trial in Massachusetts because too many people believe he's guilty and have personal connections to the marathon or bombing.
Three people were killed and more than 260 injured in the 2013 attack.
The appeals court will hear arguments Thursday.