A federal appeals court in Massachusetts has denied a request by lawyers of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to halt his trial and change the venue from Boston.

Tsarnaev is accused of bombing the 2013 Boston Marathon and faces the death penalty.

The appeals court judgment was filed late Friday evening. The panel of three judges ruled 2-1 that any high-profile case will receive media attention and potential jurors will be aware of the case.

“Knowledge, however, does not equate to disqualifying prejudice. Distinguishing between the two is at the heart of the jury selection process,” the judges wrote in the opinion.

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