This chapter examines how family members and survivors of the Oklahoma City bombing sought justice and accountability and the ways they negotiated the criminal justice system, along with their views on participation, appropriate sentences, the desirability of state trials as supplements to federal proceedings, and the necessity of attending trials and Timothy McVeigh's execution. It discusses the role of justice and accountability in reconstructing lives after culturally traumatic events, how law acts as a site of individual and collected memory work, and the importance of legal proceedings in reconstructive behaviors. It also considers how family members and survivors engaged in bearing witness to demand justice and how the trials of McVeigh and his fellow suspect Terry Nichols became struggles for “the privilege of recounting the past.”
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