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Killing McVeighThe Death Penalty and the Myth of Closure$
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Jody Lyneé Madeira

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814796108

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814796108.001.0001

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Trying Terry Nichols and Welcoming the McVeigh Jury to Oklahoma City

(p.161) 8 Reaching Law’s Limits
Killing McVeigh

Jody Lyneé Madeira

NYU Press

This chapter examines the trials of Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols as well as the McVeigh jury's visit to Oklahoma City that illustrated the courtroom's role as an essential but incomplete site for memory work. It first considers Nichols' federal trial, the jury issues surrounding his trial, and his courtroom behavior and goes on to discuss the effect of Michael Fortier's sentencing proceeding on family members and survivors. It then discusses the criticisms against the McVeigh jurors for their visit to Oklahoma City and how culturally traumatic events produced unprecedented trials, which in turn engendered unique relationships. It also assesses the implications of McVeigh's trial for both bombing victims and jurors.

Keywords:   trial, Timothy McVeigh, Terry Nichols, jury, Oklahoma City, memory work, Michael Fortier, sentencing, survivors, victims

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