The Timothy McVeigh Trial Analytical Essay

The Timothy McVeigh Trial
An in-depth analysis of the trial of Timothy McVeigh for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.
# 128056 | 3,186 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2009 | US

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The paper describes the judge in the trial for Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber, the defense and prosecuting lawyers for the trial, and the jury. The paper provides a detailed description of the prosecution's case against McVeigh, as well as that of the defense. The paper also discusses the jury's decision to sentence him to death and offers the writer's personal opinion why he agrees with the verdict of the trial. The writer does note, however, that the trial brings into focus the free press v. fair trial controversy, because in this trial the press went too far. The paper uses MLA style sources that are included as footnotes to the paper but does not include a works cited page.

From the Paper:

"The second deadliest day on American soil came from the radical views of one man that were encouraged by his peers. At 9:02 a.m. on April 19th, 1995, a war-torn man named Timothy McVeigh bombed the Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and he claimed the lives of 168 individuals while injuring more than 500 others. This attack is commonly referred to as the Oklahoma City Bombing. Despite the horrific explosion, McVeigh remained unscathed. After he fled the scene, he was pulled over and arrested for not having vehicle registration, license plates, and carrying a concealed weapon without a permit. While enjoying brief stay in jail, McVeigh was identified as John Doe number one from police sketches by a former co- worker in New York He was then taken into custody by federal authorities. On April 21st Terry Nichols would turn himself in to authorities for his connection to the bombing. McVeigh had met his platoon leader, Terry Nichols, in basic training in May 1998. Nichols shared very similar anti-American views despite their service in the U.S. military. Ironically, both had aspired to formidable positions in the military, before their honorable discharges and attack on the land they protected."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Linder, Douglas. O, "The Oklahoma City Bombing and The Trial of Timothy J. McVeigh: An Account," UMKC School of Law, (Accessed May 7, 2009).
  • Linder, Douglas. O, "A Chronology: The Oklahoma City Bombing and The Trial of Timothy McVeigh," UMKC School of Law, (Accessed May 7, 2009).
  • Time Magazine, "The McVeigh Trial," (Accessed May 7, 2009).
  • United States v. McVeigh, 95 Ind.110 (S.D. Okla 1995).

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