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McVeigh lets midnight clemency deadline pass


TERRE HAUTE, Indiana (CNN) -- Convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh allowed a midnight deadline to pass Thursday without asking the president to spare his life.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Justice said it did not receive a petition from McVeigh to seek clemency by the deadline. McVeigh is scheduled to be executed on May 16.

McVeigh had not even reached out to his presidential pardon attorneys, according to McVeigh attorney Rob Nigh.


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Nigh said McVeigh had all the necessary paperwork to file for clemency by the midnight deadline.

Nigh has scheduled a news conference for Friday at 12:30 p.m. EST to make a statement on behalf of McVeigh.

McVeigh has said he does not want to appeal his conviction. He has authorized a biography to which he contributed 75 hours of interviews. It will be published in April.

April 19 marks the sixth anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The deadliest domestic attack on U.S. soil claimed 168 lives and injured more than 500 people.

Co-conspirator Terry Nichols was sentenced to life in prison.

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