McVeigh Allows Deadline To Pass
STEVEN K. PAULSON
Feb. 16, 2001
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DENVER (AP) _ Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh allowed a deadline to pass Thursday without asking the president to spare his life.
McVeigh, 32, is scheduled to die by lethal injection May 16 in the first execution by the federal government in 37 years.
``The office of pardon attorney did not receive a petition from McVeigh,'' Department of Justice spokeswoman Chris Watney said after the midnight EST deadline expired.
The U.S. Bureau of Prisons set the execution date after McVeigh dropped all appeals. Under federal rules, he had one month after the date was set to file a request for clemency.
Attorney Rob Nigh Jr. said Thursday that he had drafted a clemency petition in case McVeigh wanted to submit it. McVeigh's attorneys said they would discuss their client's decision at news conferences Friday.
The Gulf War veteran was convicted of murder and other charges in the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building that killed 168 people and injured more than 500 in the deadliest act of terrorism on U.S. soil.
The government has received 250 requests from victims and relatives who want to watch McVeigh died, and is considering a closed-circuit television broadcast of the execution.
McVeigh, who is on death row at a federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., wrote in a letter published in the Sunday Oklahoman that his execution should be broadcast publicly.
He has given interviews to two reporters for The Buffalo (N.Y.) News who wrote a biography to be published in April.
On the Net:
Bombing Memorial: http://www.oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org
Death Penalty Info Center: http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org
Bureau of Prisons: http://www.bop.gov