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Nichols Requests Extended Appeal

October 29, 1998

DENVER (AP) _ Terry Nichols wants permission to file an appeal similar to the one that got lawyers for Oklahoma City bombing co-defendant Timothy McVeigh into trouble earlier this month.

Nichols said it will take at least 130 pages to cover all of his arguments against his conviction in the bombing, well over the 100-page limit set by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Last week, the same court fined attorneys for McVeigh $12,600 because they ignored a court order to limit the length of their appeals of his conviction and death sentence.

Defense attorneys said Nichols needs the extra pages to cover seven areas of appeal.

``Although Mr. Nichols was not sentenced to death, the posture of his appeal has been shaped by the government’s insistence upon trying the case as a death penalty case in many respects,″ his attorneys told the appeals court Wednesday.

Nichols was sentenced to life in prison on conspiracy and involuntary manslaughter convictions in the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, which killed 168 people and injured hundreds more.

McVeigh was convicted of murder, conspiracy and weapons-related charges and sentenced to death.

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