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Reaction to judge's denial of stay for McVeigh


John Ashcroft, U.S. Attorney General
I believe that we have satisfied the responsibility completely and thoroughly that the system operate fairly and innocently in dealing with the defendant that's unquestionably guilty, and the ruling in the court in Denver today is a ruling for justice. It's a justice that cannot be denied, and it is an appropriate ruling for which I am grateful. (Audio 1016 K/35 sec. AIFF or WAV sound)


Sean Connelly, Prosecutor
We're pleased with the court's ruling denying a stay of execution. Judge Matsch's ruling was a powerful and eloquent statement, not only about the law associated with this case, but about the tremendous harm and devastation caused by Timothy McVeigh. Judge Matsch found that for anybody who sat through the evidence and heard the evidence at trial, there can be no doubt that Timothy McVeigh exploded a Ryder truck bomb outside the Alfred P. Murrah federal building on April 19, 1995, killing 168 men, women and children and maiming and injuring scores more.


Jim Denny, father of bombing victims
It's very hard to explain to children what is justice; you know we want to make sure that they know that he's not getting this punishment because of any anger or hatred, he's getting it because it's the law, and we also want them to understand that life is the most precious thing on the face of the Earth. We don't do this lightly to people, it's something that takes a lot of thought and a real long process, and I think we went through the process and it worked. (Audio 1016 K/35 sec. AIFF or WAV sound)


Dr. Paul Heath, bombing victim
I will place my memory on the 168 innocent men, women and 19 children who Timothy McVeigh took their lives in an act of cowardice, with a bomb (of) 4,000 pounds of fertilizer. And he did it with no impunity, with no remorse, and he stood since then and bragged about it and called us collateral damage. (Audio 1016 K/35 sec. AIFF or WAV sound)


Marsha Kight, mother of bombing victim
Killing McVeigh 168 times would still not fill the void that I have in my heart at losing my child. (Audio 1016 K/35 sec. AIFF or WAV sound)


Robert Nigh, McVeigh attorney
Of course, we are extremely disappointed in the court's ruling today. We will file on Mr. McVeigh's behalf and appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, and it is to that issue that we must turn our immediate attention.


Priscilla Salyers, bombing victim
"I'm going to feel some sorrow and a little bit of depression because it's going to take me back to the memories of my friends that died. There were two in the office with me, and they died that morning, and I will be revisiting those memories. I'm not looking forward to the execution, but I am looking forward to getting it behind us." (Audio 1016 K/35 sec. AIFF or WAV sound)


• U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
• Federal Bureau of Investigation

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