Terry Nichols appeals again to Supreme Court

Thursday, July 18th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols has filed another appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court.

Nichols wants the high court to decide if the government withheld vital information from his attorneys and if the jury was given proper instructions.

Nichols contends the government failed to meet its legal obligations to turn over all relevant documents and that the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ``shrugged off'' the FBI's lapses in turning over investigative files.

He says jurors in his 1997 trial in Denver should have been told they had to prove Nichols had intent to kill when they were deliberating the charge of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction. Nichols was convicted of the conspiracy charge and of manslaughter.

The claims Nichols are making to the Supreme Court were rejected in April by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The U.S. Supreme Court last year declined to hear Nichols' previous appeal of his federal life sentence.

The high court also rejected his contention that a trial on state murder charges in Oklahoma County would constitute double jeopardy. Nichols is in Oklahoma City awaiting trial on murder charges.