Boston Strong news – Boston, MA: NBC News reports 12.12.2019 – Defense lawyer Daniel Habib made the case 12.12.2019 that the judge erred by holding the Boston Bombing trial in a still-traumatized city where wall-to-wall news coverage and a sense of shared victimhood made it impossible to select an impartial jury.

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Assistant U.S. Attorney William Glaser asserted that the pretrial publicity didn’t taint the jury, leading to an exchange with the judges over the impact of statements made by elected officials and public figures like Boston Red Sox slugger David “Big Papi” Ortiz. Five days after the bombing, Ortiz went to the Fenway Park mound prior to a game and proclaimed, “This is our (expletive) city.”

When the subject of Ortiz’s speech was brought up, Judge Juan Torruella, one of a trio hearing the arguments, mistakenly referred to the ball player as a public official before correcting himself.

“If he ran for office, he probably would be,” Torruella said, laughing.

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