Lawyers for Timothy McVeigh on Friday sought dismissal of his indictment in the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, charging misconduct by prosecutors and a breach of grand jury secrecy by at least one member of the panel.
Their motion contending the indictment was “fatally flawed,” filed in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City, revolved largely around an interview given by one of the members of the grand jury to Media Bypass magazine. In the interview, the unnamed juror described his unhappiness with the way the grand jury hearings were conducted.
Although grand jury proceedings are secret under law, the juror said he had discussed aspects of the testimony with an Oklahoma City newspaper, The Daily Oklahoman, his representative in Congress and several other people as well as Media Bypass, a small magazine.
The juror contended that prosecutors intimidated the jurors and pressed them to confine the investigation to the activities of McVeigh and the other defendant in the case, Terry Nichols, to meet a deadline set by federal guidelines on providing speedy trials.
McVeigh and Nichols have pleaded not guilty to federal conspiracy, bombing and murder charges in connection with the April 19 blast, which killed 168 people.