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Telecast of McVeigh Appeal Denied

April 8, 1998

DENVER (AP) _ A federal court Tuesday turned down prosecutors’ request to broadcast arguments in Timothy McVeigh’s appeal to survivors and victim’s relatives in Oklahoma City by closed-circuit television.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the government’s motion Tuesday without comment.

McVeigh was convicted and sentenced to death last year in the April 19, 1995, bombing that killed 168 people and injured hundreds more. Arguments on his appeal are scheduled for April 28.

Terry Nichols also was convicted in the attack. He is awaiting sentencing.

Both of their trials were broadcast from Denver to Oklahoma City at the request of bombing victims. Prosecutors had wanted the same procedure followed for McVeigh’s appeal, even though appeals normally are not televised and defendants are not permitted to attend.

McVeigh had filed a motion arguing that if the court agreed to broadcast his appeal hearing in Oklahoma, he should be allowed to watch in his prison cell.

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