Boston Marathon bomber’s lawyers want death sentence tossed

In this June 24, 2015 file courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sits as survivors and victim’s family members address the court before U.S. District Judge George O’Toole Jr., in federal court in Boston. Tsarnaev’s attorneys are expected to file on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, a lengthy brief detailing their appeal of his death sentence. (Jane Flavell Collins via AP, File)

BOSTON — Attorneys for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told a federal appeals court Thursday that his convictions or death sentence should be tossed because the judge refused to move the case out of the city where the bombs exploded, making it impossible for him to get a fair trial.