16 additional prospective jurors questioned in marathon case

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Posted: Feb 11, 2015 4:32 PM

BOSTON (AP) — Sixteen prospective jurors were questioned Wednesday in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev after a two-day delay because of a snowstorm.

Tsarnaev is charged in the 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. Jury selection in Tsarnaev's federal death penalty trial began Jan. 5.

Jury selection was canceled Monday and Tuesday after a storm dumped up to 2 feet of snow on Massachusetts. A total of 173 potential jurors have now been questioned. Judge George O'Toole Jr. has not revealed how many of those have been dismissed.

Here is a sampling of what prospective jurors had to say when questioned Wednesday:

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Juror No. 275, an academic adviser at Suffolk University:

On the marathon bombings: "Sure, I know a lot of people who were affected by it. ... I think everyone in the country was affected by it in some way."

On the death penalty: "I don't think it's ever a deterrent, but I think it has the potential to provide justice for the victims."

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Juror No. 376, delivery driver for soft drink company:

On whether he would consider facts about a defendant's background when deciding whether he should get life in prison or the death penalty: "Maybe they just didn't have a fair shake. ... There's a little wiggle room in everything, I guess."

On the death penalty versus life in prison: "Myself, personally, I wouldn't want to spend the rest of my life in jail."

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Juror No. 385, an epidemiologist born in Moscow who came to the U.S. in 1990 and does medical research:

"I certainly think that he is probably guilty, but I cannot tell for sure."

"Everything here is very disturbing for me, and I take it very personally."

"My husband runs marathons, and he could be there. I could be waiting for him."

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Juror No. 399, manager of a home medical equipment company:

On his attitude toward police officers: "A lot of them get carried away with their attitudes of self-importance."

On the death penalty: "I don't feel I have a particular moral objection to it."

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Juror No. 396, a Catholic woman with children who is conflicted about the death penalty:

"I favor it. I'm not sure I can do it."

"I'm not sure it's up to me personally to decide who lives and dies."

"I don't know. No matter how you ask that question, I don't know if I can do it."