McVeigh defense gets more FBI documents
TULSA, Oklahoma (CNN) -- The U.S. Justice Department has turned over to Timothy McVeigh's defense team hundreds of pages of additional materials related to the Oklahoma City bombing investigation -- material not previously handed over to the defense.
McVeigh co-counsel Rob Nigh told CNN he received close to 400 pages Wednesday, about 300 last Friday, and a little more than 100 last Tuesday, the day before he and co-counsel Nathan Chambers of Denver visited McVeigh on death row at the federal penitentiary at Terre Haute, Indiana.
McVeigh's defense team hasn't said whether it found anything in the documents that would change McVeigh's conviction or whether it could lead to overturning his death sentence.
Nigh said once the review of the materials is complete, it will be up to McVeigh to decide on the options before him. Nigh said no decision has been made.
As early as Thursday, prosecutors were expected to file a description of the documents for bombing trial Judge Richard Matsch in Denver and , according to sources, acknowledge that a small number of the documents might have been helpful to the defense if they had been turned over before trial.
Matsch is expected to ask for a reply from McVeigh's defense team after he receives the government's filing.
The Justice Department said Thursday it had nearly completed its search and review of additional documents related to the Oklahoma City bombing investigation.
Justice Department sources said the work should be done Thursday or Friday.
The FBI and Justice Department insist there is nothing in the more than 3,100 pages of material turned over a few weeks ago, nor in the latest documents that would raise any credible, reasonable doubt about the convictions of McVeigh or convicted co-conspirator Terry Nichols.
The option before McVeigh would be to ask the court for another execution postponement to allow them more time to review the materials .
McVeigh was originally sentenced to die by lethal injection May 16th.
US Attorney General John Ashcroft postponed the execution to June 11th to allow the defense time to review the additional files and said he would not order another extension.
Federal Judge Matsch could order another extension. No such request has been made.
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