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A federal judge declined to rule Thursday on a request from defense lawyers that Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial be moved out of Boston. Judge George O’Toole instead gave prosecutors a week to respond to the defense’s request that the trial be moved to Washington, D.C., where a commissioned survey found potential jurors are less likely than Bostonians to assume Tsarnaev is “definitely guilty.” Tsarnaev’s attorneys, led by Judy Clarke, also want the trial postponed until 2015, but O’Toole has thus been unwilling to alter the Nov. 3 trial date. In a prior hearing, the defense said it would be “impossible” for them to prepare an adequate defense for a November trial, given the trial’s complexity and the mountain of evidence involved.

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