5 things to know: Tsarnaev trial, Baker's ball

January 3, 2015 2:18 PM

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Barring a last-minute reversal from a federal appeals court, jury selection gets underway Monday in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. A judge ruled the trial must be held in Boston without delay; Tsarnaev's lawyers have appealed, insisting he cannot receive a fair trial in a city where so many were affected by the attacks. Tsarnaev, 21, faces the possibility of the death penalty if convicted in the bombings, which killed three people and wounded more than 260 others. Seating the jury is expected to take several weeks.

Jury selection also starts next week in another high-profile case: the murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. Prospective jurors will be summoned to Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River on Friday for the case, which centers on the June 2013 slaying of semiprofe...

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