McVeigh's Lawyer Donates Defense File

Wednesday, November 21st 2007, 1:21 pm
By: News On 6

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Stashed in 700 feet of boxes tucked away at the University of Texas lies a detailed look at the case of Timothy McVeigh, the Gulf War veteran who was executed in 2001 for bombing the federal building in Oklahoma City. Transcripts, FBI reports, correspondence, videotapes and other materials were donated to the university a few years ago by McVeigh's lead counsel, Stephen Jones of Enid.

The archive didn't come into public light until a federal court ruled this month that Jones could not claim a charitable tax deduction for the gift.

The archive sits in the university's Center for American History and is a likely treasure trove for academic researchers, conspiracy theorists and others who are curious about the 1995 bombing that killed 168 people.

The files includes defense materials as well as copies of prosecution materials shared with McVeigh's lawyers.

Center director Don Carleton says the center didn't promote the archive because it wanted to be sensitive to the victims' families.