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By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The jury that will hear the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was selected on Tuesday on the eve of opening statements. The jury selection process began in early January when more than 1,350 potential jurors filled out questionnaires on their ties to the attack and their views on the death penalty.
A California lawyer has submitted a referendum proposal to outlaw homosexuality in the famously liberal western US state, on pain of execution. The proposal -- unlikely to advance, as it requires over 360,000 signatures to proceed -- was submitted by attorney Matthew McLaughlin to the California Attorney General's office last week. "The abominable crime against nature known as buggery, called also sodomy, is a monstrous evil that Almighty God, giver of freedom and liberty, commands us to suppress on pain of our utter destruction even as he overthrew Sodom and Gomorrha," reads the proposal, registered for comment on the attorney general's website. "Seeing that it is better that offenders should die rather than that all of us should be killed by God's just wrath against us... the people of California wisely command, in the fear of God, that any person who willingly touches another person of the same gender for purposes of sexual gratification be put to death by bullets to the head or by any other convenient method," he wrote.