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2s- The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, March 9, 1999
Court rejects McVeigh's appeal



McVeigh, sentenced to die for the 1995
Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168
people and injured hundreds more, lost
a Supreme Court appeal yesterday.
he court refused to hear McVeigh's
aruments that his trial was tainted by
jury misconduct and news reports that
ie confessed to the bombing, the worst
such attack on U.S. soil.
His lawyer, Richard Burr, expressed
disappointment, saying, "We had hoped
the Supreme Court would be able to rise
above the terrible human conse-
quences" of the case in evaluating
McVeigh's appeal.
"It is so easy to say 'no' to Timothy
McVeigh," Burr added.
McVeigh was convicted of first-degree
murder, conspiracy and weapons-related
charges in the April 19, 1995, bombing of
the Alfred P Murrah Federal Building.
The bombing could be heard miles away,
and television screens soon were filled
with stunning images of the shattered

building and rescue workers looking for
A federal appeals court last fall
upheld his convictions and death sen-
tence in the deaths of eight federal law
enforcement officers. Oklahoma prose-
cutors have said they plan to charge
McVeigh with first-degree murder in
state court for the deaths of the other
160 bombing victims.
McVeigh still can pursue a new
round of appeals challenging the consti-
tutionality of his federal prosecution.
Under a 1996 federal law, inmates have
up to a year to file such an appeal.
His Supreme Court appeal said the
10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rul-
ing that upheld his conviction sent a
message that "the rules of law may be
applied on a sliding scale when the
crime is unspeakable and public outrage
is great."
The appeal said pretrial news reports
of a purported confession by McVeigh
to his lawyers created a serious threat to

his fair-trial rights. Four jurors indicat-
ed in pretrial questioning that they had
seen the reports.
"No such procedure should send Mr.
McVeigh to his death," the appeal said.
Justice Department lawyers said the
bombing "caused extraordinary harm"
and that courts took "extraordinary
steps" to ensure McVeigh a fair trial,
including disqualifying the original
judge and moving the trial to Denver.
Prospective jurors were examined
thoroughly for signs of bias, and news
reports never established that McVeigh
actually confessed, prosecutors said.
At McVeigh's trial in 1997, prosecu-
tors said he and co-defendant Terry
Nichols carried out the bombing in
revenge for the April 19, 1993, deaths of
about 80 people in the siege at the Branch
Davidian compound near Waco, Texas.
Prosecutors said McVeigh, now 30,
chose the Oklahoma City building
because he believed people responsible
for the Waco siege worked there and

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because the building was an easy target.
Nichols was convicted of conspiracy in
a separate trial and sentenced to life in
McVeigh is being held under maxi-
mum security at a federal prison in
Florence, Colo.
A federal death row and execution
chamber have been built at a prison in
Terre Haute, Ind. But, the facility has
not been activated and the 19 other
inmates currently under federal death
sentences are being held in prisons
around the country as they pursue court
McVeigh's jury-misconduct allega-
tion concerned one juror's comment to
others during the trial.
An alternate juror told a court official
that jurors discussed which of them
would decide the case and which would
serve as alternates, and that one juror
said: "It wouldn't be very hard. I think
we all know what the verdict should
Continued from Page 1
Dworkin said the possibility of a
minor program has benefits and draw-
backs for his department.
"A minor program could cost us con-
centrators," Dworkin said, adding that
students who may have double majored
before may now choose to receive a
minor instead.
Dworkin said the opposite is also
possible, explaining that the program
may bring in students who before
would have not pursued the field at
Guidelines recommended by the cur-
riculum committee state that students
must use department-created minors
and will not be able to use more than
one class to satisfy both their major and
But Owen said the guidelines are not
"Guidelines evolve with time and
experience" he said. "There is always
finetuning and tweaking."
In order to help with the fine-tuning
process, LSA Student Government
Academic Relations Officer Seema Pai
said LSA-SG plans to set up a network
of student clubs with corresponding
LSA sophomore Mohiba Khan, a
Pre-Med club member, said the
executive board already has inter-
ested students willing to help the
physics department curriculum
committee develop a minor pro-
Curriculum committees "especially
need this student input," Kahn said.
"They need student discussion and stu-
dent opinion:'

Foundation in California, accused
Nixon's image.
Justice dept argues
right to probe Starr
WASHINGTON - The Justice
Department yesterday asserted its
power to investigate alleged miscon-
duct by independent counsel Kenneth
Starr, while President Clinton's former
business partner, Susan McDougal,
vowed an "all-out fight" against the
alleged excesses of Starr's office as her
latest trial began.
Less than a month after the Senate
acquitted Clinton on perjury and
obstruction-of-justice charges referred
by Starr, the independent counsel finds
himself the focus of attack on multiple
The Justice Department has advised
Starr of its intent to investigate his han-
dling of the Monica Lewinsky matter,
and in papers filed yesterday with the
special court that oversees independent
counsels the department argued that the
court has no power to block the disci-
plinary inquiry.
In his own filing, Starr urged the
court not to heed a conservative legal

the government of trying to tarnish
group seeking an order to block Justice
from investigating him. But Starr left
open the possibility of mounting his
own challenge if the Justice
Department decides to proceed with an
ethics investigation of his conduct.
Intel, FTC resolve *
antitrust lawsuit
WASHINGTON - Striking a deal
just 24 hours before a trial was to
begin, lawyers from the Federal Trade
Commission and Intel Corp. yesterday
settled a suit that the government
brought in hopes of establishing rules
of competition in the fast-growing
computer industry.
Terms of the deal, which th*
agency's commissioners must consider,
were not publicly disclosed. But
sources said the government won a key
concession: Intel agreed to drop its
practice of withholding crucial techni-
cal data from companies it is battling in
court, a tactic the agency had deemed
to be illegal arm-twisting by a monop-

New Nixon tapes played in court
WASHINGTON - It was President Nixon uncensored: On secret White House
tapes played in federal court yesterday, the late president made derogatory com-
ments about Jews and Mexicans and said former Supreme Court Justice Potter
Stewart "was a little dumb."
Government lawyers played the tapes, which were peppered with profanity and
candid remarks, in an attempt to persuade U.S. District Judge John Garrett Pen
that Nixon would not have tried to sell the tapes after leaving office. Nixon's estaW
argues they were worth millions of dollars and wants the government to compen-
sate for seizing them.
In the first tape played, which included parts never made public before, Nixon
orders the Immigration and Naturalization Service to check out a "wetback;' an
illegal alien believed to be working as a gardener for an executive of The Los
Angeles Times.
"I want to start taking the Times on;' Nixon says in the conversation on Oct. 7,
1971. Later, he tells Attorney General John Mitchell on the phone: "I want the
whole goddamned bunch gone after."
John Taylor, director of the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace


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Clinton urges world
support for victims
POSOLTEGA, Nicaragua (AP) -
At the foot of a volcano where mud-
slides buried 2,000 people, President
Clinton knelt yesterday on parched
earth imprinted with the outline of a lit-
tle girl who died. He told Nicaraguans,
"You deserve the world's support in this
moment of need?'
On a dusty, sweltering afternoon,
Clinton opened a four-day trip to hurri-
cane-ravaged Nicaragua, El Salvador,
Honduras and Guatemala. He promised
an unprecedented amount of recon-
struction aid - $956 million - and
offered encouragement against any
threat of political instability.
"Not so long ago, your country over-
came a terrible war and emerged even
stronger," the president said in a speech
at a Posoltega school yard.
The farming communities around
Posoltega were destroyed by Hurricane
Mitch last October. A wall of mud from
the swollen crater lake in Casitas
Volcano roared down the mountain -
witnesses said it sounded like a swarm of

helicopters - and left only one house
standing in the village of El Porvenir,
Across Central America, more than
9,000 people died - more than 5,000
in Honduras alone. Thousands more
remain missing. Crops and bridge
were destroyed and the damage too-
ranges up to $10 billion in the already
impoverished countries.
Battling Irish parties
get extension on plan
BELFAST, Northern Ireland -Wth
Northern Ireland's politicians still bat-
tling over the problem of Iris
Republican Army disarmament, the
British government yesterday gave
them yet another extension of the dead-
line to form the new government envi-
sioned by last year's peace plan.
Mo Mowlam, the British cabinet min-
ister in charge of Northern Ireland, said
the province would be given until Good
Friday - that is, April 2 - to carry out
the terms of last year's Good Friday
peace agreement.
- Compiled fom Daily wire reports.

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