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Ban on Sharing Bomb Info. Lifted

June 25, 1998

DENVER (AP) _ A federal judge on Wednesday lifted a ban preventing federal prosecutors from cooperating with a state prosecutor and grand jury investigating the Oklahoma City bombing.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Matsch said his order does not include any evidence provided by co-defendants Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols through the sharing of evidence by the defense and prosecution.

In May, federal prosecutors asked Matsch to lift the ban, saying in a motion, ``There is a legitimate interest in federal-state cooperation where a crime violates, as this crime clearly did, both federal and state laws.″

Lawyers for McVeigh and Nichols argued the ban should remain until all appeals are exhausted. They also argued that federal-state cooperation could prejudice those appeals and constitute double jeopardy if they are tried at the state level.

Oklahoma County District Attorney Bob Macy plans to charge McVeigh and Nichols with 160 counts each of murder. Macy has said he will seek the death penalty in the April 19, 1995, bombing that killed 168 people and injured more than 500.

McVeigh was convicted in U.S. District Court of the bombing and eight counts of murder and sentenced to death. Nichols was convicted of conspiracy and involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to life.

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