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Tsarnaev Trial Penalty Phase Likely To Take 4 Weeks

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The judge in the trial of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev says the penalty phase will likely take about four weeks.

The jurors who convicted Tsarnaev last week were back in court Tuesday for a brief hearing on the next phase of the trial, which is set to begin the following Tuesday, April 21. In the penalty phase, jurors will decide whether Tsarnaev gets the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Judge George O'Toole — as he's done periodically — reminded jurors to avoid any media coverage of the Tsarnaev trial.

But he went a step further Tuesday, ordering them not to attend Monday's Boston Marathon or any events remembering the marathon bombing, which occurred two years ago Wednesday.

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