ABC Evening News for Friday, May 11, 2001
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Decision by Attorney General John Ashcroft to delay the execution of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, bomber Timothy McVeigh because the FBI withheld documents from the defense team reported. [ASHCROFT - says we cannot have doubts about the case.]
(Terre Haute: Dean Reynolds) McVeigh's reaction to the government's behavior examined; details given about the documents from the early day of the bombing investigation. [McVeigh attorney Rob NIGH - says McVeigh will discuss his legal options.] [McVeigh attorney Nathan CHAMBERS - criticizes the FBI.] [Former McVeigh attorney Steve JONES - says McVeigh could get a new trial on the sentence.] [Juror Martha HITE - reacts.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(Justice Department: Pierre Thomas) Ashcroft's unprecedented decision to investigate the FBI's mishandling of evidence examined; details given about thousands of documents unseen by the defense or prosecution. [ASHCROFT - comments on the FBI's belated delivering of documents.] [Last night, President BUSH - says we have a solemn obligation in a death penalty case.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Announcement that Terry Nichols, who has already been convicted in federal court, will file an appeal with the Supreme Court about the FBI's conduct reported.
(Studio: Peter Jennings, Jeffrey Toobin) The fact that the appeals case is now in McVeigh's hands and how the mishandling of evidence goes to the penalty phase discussed.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Statement from Tim's father, Bill McVeigh, about "stuff" withheld noted.
(Oklahoma City: Erin Hayes) The reaction in Oklahoma City to today's news examined. [At the memorial, four PEOPLE - express their feelings.] [Bombing victims' grandmother Jannie COVERDALE - says McVeigh is laughing about the government screwup.] [Victims' grandmother Kathy WILBURN - opposes killing McVeigh.] [Victims' father Jim DENNY - praises the Justice Department for admitting mistakes.]