August 18, 1997 in Nation/World

Mcveigh Says Appeal Chances ‘Slim To None’

Associated Press
 

Timothy McVeigh says his chances of avoiding the death penalty for the Oklahoma City bombing through a successful appeal are “slim to none.”

McVeigh, in the first of a two-part jailhouse interview published in Sunday’s edition of The Buffalo News, also refused to say if he committed the bombing or if he knew who did. He was convicted in June of the 1995 blast that killed 168 people and injured hundreds.

When asked if he thought he could win freedom on appeal - a process experts say could take two to four years - McVeigh said his chances were “slim to none.”

And McVeigh offered a reason for the enigmatic statement he made Thursday when U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch formally imposed the jury’s death sentence.

“Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example,” McVeigh read, quoting from a 1928 opinion written by Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis.

McVeigh told the newspaper: “In the instant context, you could take (the statement) to reflect on the death penalty and the charges leveled against me. I was accused and convicted of killing … they say that’s wrong, and now they’re going to kill me.”

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