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Former U.S. prosecutor weighs in on moving Tsarnaev trial

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Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev officially asked to have his trial moved out of the city this week.

They said they have looked at Springfield as a possible location.

The lawyers said they polled residents in four different locations, including Springfield and the Boston area.

While they would like to see Tsarnaev tried as far away as Washington D.C., one former U.S. prosecutor told CBS 3 that he does not see that happening.

Attorney Henry Rigali, who was a state and federal prosecutor in Massachusetts for 15 years, said it is unlikely attitudes would change by moving the case to the U.S. courthouse in Springfield.

"It's going to be very difficult I think to find anyone in Massachusetts in general that didn't have some media exposure to the event, particularly prior to the arrest of the individual," said Rigali.

Rigali said changes of venue at the federal level are very rare.

He said that is due to the number of available people, which would give lawyers the best chance at a fair jury.

"The jury pool, the pool from which jurors may be drawn in the eastern part of the state population-wise is much greater than here," Rigali stated.

"It bothers me, me and my family, and I know it bothers other victims too," said Marc Fucarile, a marathon bombing victim.

Fucarile lost his right leg in the blast and still has shrapnel in his body.

While he has already made up his mind on Tsarnaev, he also believes a fair trial can be given in Boston.

"It was a terrorist act against us and our country, especially our city," said Fucarile. "I think it should be here."

As for how much of a difference a move to Springfield would make, Tsarnaev's lawyers said 52-percent of those polled in Western Massachusetts said he is definitely guilty.

That is down from 58-percent in Boston.

The polling number is 37-percent in Washington, D.C.

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