Marathon bombing suspect's lawyers invoke Oklahoma City case in arguments to have trial moved

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BOSTON — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) are again drawing parallels between the media coverage of their client's case to the coverage received by Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh in an effort to have the trial moved out of Massachusetts.

In a filing Monday, defense attorneys wrote that because "the crimes charged inflicted actual injury on the entire local population" and "greater Boston, was itself, a victim," the case is similar to the McVeigh case.

McVeigh's 1997 trial was moved to Denver.

Monday's motion was in response to the prosecution's opposition to the defense's change-of-venue request.

A judge rejected Tsarnaev's first request in September to move the trial.

Jury selection in Tsarnaev's trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 5. He has pleaded not guilty.

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