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The jury selection process began Monday for Boston Marathon suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

It's been almost two years since the 2013 bombings claimed the lives of three and injured hundreds at the finish line of the Marathon. And Monday, potential jurors began filling out the questionnaires that will help narrow the list from more than 1,000 names to the 12 jurors, plus six alternates.

Their job, once selected, will be to decide the fate of 21-year-old Tsarnaev, who faces some 30 charges and possibly the death penalty. The case could go on for months and testimony is expected to start by the end of the month

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Jack Lepiarz, WBUR reporter. He tweets @Lepiarz.

Carol Rose, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, which tweets @ACLU_Mass.

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Cognoscenti: Tsarnaev Trial Will Test What It Means To Be ‘Boston Strong’

  • "In reality, this trial won’t really be about Tsarnaev’s guilt or innocence: the evidence against him is overwhelming. The trial will be about us — about the kind of society in which we want to live, and whether we will be ruled by our fears or by our values."

WBUR: Who's Who In The Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Trial

  • "Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a 19-year-old UMass Dartmouth student at the time of the bombings. He grew up in Cambridge and attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School where he wrestled and played soccer. His family moved to the U.S. from Russia in 2002 and he became a citizen in 2012."

The Boston Globe: Tsarnaev In Court As Jury Selection Process Begins

  • "Testimony will likely start around Jan. 26, US District Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. told the first of several groups of potential jurors Monday. He expects the case to last three to four months from that point, running Monday through Thursday."

This segment aired on January 5, 2015.

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