- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 6, 2001

It didnt take a crystal ball to see this one coming. Still, the announcement by convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeighs legal team that their client will now seek to avoid the fate of his 168 victims by wheedling the system for a stay of execution is bad news indeed. It also belies the convicted mass murderers tough-guy front. With death so near he could really feel it, the great revenger of Waco finds it not so much to his liking. He wants a new trial now even though he has readily admitted guilt and there seems no question in any reasonable persons mind that if anyone deserves the death penalty, it is Timothy McVeigh.
"The governments false statements that everything had been obtained and produced worked a fraud upon the court and defeated Mr. McVeighs right to a fair trial and sentencing proceeding," explained McVeigh attorney Nathan Chambers. McVeigh "… thinks the most important thing in his life is to help bring integrity to the criminal justice system" added a straight-faced Richard Burr, another of McVeighs attorneys. Thats quite a turnabout. The Oklahoma bomber is now going to "help bring integrity" to the very system he hated so much.
Attorney General John Ashcroft, who was forced to delay the scheduled execution when it was revealed that FBI bumbling had resulted in thousands of documents related to the case not being made available to the McVeigh defense team, has promised to "oppose vigorously any attempts by McVeigh to overturn his conviction or to force a new trial." He noted further that "No document in this case creates any doubt about McVeighs guilt or establishes his innocence … to overturn the jurys verdict or to force a new trial, McVeigh must prove that the documents establish his innocence."
Of course, not even McVeighs sharky attorneys are claiming that the documents "found" by the FBI last month will do anything to absolve their client. As inexcusable as the FBIs bungling is, it does not alter the salient fact that McVeigh did what he did. His lawyers indeed, McVeigh himself are thus merely gaming the system in a desperate, last-minute attempt to prevent justice from being served. This is to be expected from the lawyers who are, after all, only doing their job, such as it is. But for McVeigh, who claimed to be willing to accept the consequences of his actions "like a soldier" the move to hide behind legal technicalities reveals the cringing spirit of a coward, the kind of man who plants bombs and runs away before he might get hurt himself. The sooner we can be rid of this person, the better. The victims families deserve peace. The country needs justice to be served.


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