Names of Tsarnaev jurors released 9 months after trial ends

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in a photo entered as evidence in his trial.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in a photo entered as evidence in his trial. –AFP / Getty Images

Nine months after a panel of 12 jurors sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death, the federal judge overseeing the case released their names, along with those of the six alternates who sat through the three-month trial.

Only one of the 18 jurors came from Boston. All 12 deliberating jurors had to agree on a death sentence for Tsarnaev after they found him guilty of all charges stemming from the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and subsequent manhunt.

The 12 jurors — seven women and five men — are from Boston, Dartmouth, Franklin, Ipswich, Malden, Marlborough, New Bedford, Osterville, Scituate and Woburn. Two are from Peabody.

The alternates are from Harwich, Haverhill, Hingham, Peabody, Pembroke and Sandwich.

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Of the jurors who could be immediately reached Friday night, none wanted to speak to a reporter.

One juror, Kevan Fagan of Marlborough, spoke to WBUR in August about his experience, saying that he may not have voted for the death penalty had he known that the family of Martin Richard, the youngest victim of the bombings, opposed the death penalty.

The Boston Globe filed a motion within a month of the trial’s conclusion asking for the jury list to be unsealed. Typically, the names of jurors are released within hours or days of a trial’s conclusion.

Judge George A. O’Toole Jr., who presided over the Tsarnaev trial, rejected the motion in August to release the jurors’ names. In his decision, O’Toole wrote that Tsarnaev’s lawyers want to examine the social media activity of the jurors and their friends in an effort to get their client a new trial.

Last month, Tsarnaev’s attorneys officially appealed to the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit to reverse his conviction and sentence, arguing that he could not get a fair trial in Boston.

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