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McVeigh Seeks Delay of Execution

May 31, 2001

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DENVER (AP) _ Attorneys for Timothy McVeigh asked a judge Thursday to delay the Oklahoma City bomber’s looming execution and accused the federal government of withholding evidence in a ``fraud upon the court.″

The attorneys submitted their sealed request to U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch, who presided over McVeigh’s 1997 trial. His clerk, James Manspeaker, declined to say how quickly Matsch would act.

A few hours earlier, the attorneys met with McVeigh at a federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind. Attorney Robert Nigh said it wasn’t easy for McVeigh to challenge his June 11 execution date.

``He was prepared to die,″ Nigh said.

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