A federal judge on Wednesday ruled that the trial of the accused Boston Marathon bomber will begin next week as planned, and it will take place in Boston.

On New Year’s Eve, Judge George O’Toole denied motions by lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to change the venue and to delay the start of the trial.

As a result, jury selection is set to begin Monday at the district courthouse in South Boston.

Mr. Tsarnaev’s lawyers had cited extensive pre-trial publicity that they argued would make it impossible for him to receive a fair trial in the city. They also noted that, as currently scheduled, the penalty phase of the trial would likely occur during the two-year anniversary of the attack.

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