Marathon bomber’s lawyers indicate they will appeal

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BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev  have filed a notice of appeal, in another attempt to gain a new trial for the former Cambridge resident.

The notice filed Friday with the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals doesn’t describe any grounds for appeal. Those will be spelled out later in a separate filing.

One of the grounds is expected to be the defense argument that the trial shouldn’t have been held in Boston, where many people have connections to the marathon.

Tsarnaev’s lawyers say they are appealing his conviction and sentence and the trial judge’s denial of a request to publicly release the jurors’ names.

A judge earlier this month denied Tsarnaev’s bid for a new trial.

Prosecutors and Tsarnaev’s attorneys recently submitted a list of more than 600 court filings and exhibits that both sides agree can now be made public. Among the documents to be unsealed are search warrants, reports of expert witnesses and DNA reports.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge George O’Toole Jr. ordered the public release of hundreds of  the documents in the case.

Tsarnaev was convicted and sentenced to death last year for his role in the 2013 bombing. Three people were killed and more than 260 injured when Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan placed two bombs near the finish line.