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Running head: CRIMINAL LAW: CASE STUDIES FRO TWO REAL CASES 1 Option #2: Criminal Law: Case Studies from Two Real Cases Windell Bryant CRJ425: Crimnal Law Colorado State University Global Campus Professor Greg Koehle January 12, 2020
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CRIMINAL LAW: CASE STUDIES FRO TWO REAL CASES 2 Option #2: Criminal Law: Case Studies from Two Real Cases Timothy McVeigh and Ted Bundy have committed some of the most terrifying murders in the history of America. Through the methods that these individuals used would forever strike a sense of fear to all innocent people. In this essay I will give an in-depth case overview identifying the elements of their crimes, arguments from the defense, polices and doctrines, and the sentencing. In the case of the United States v. Timothy McVeigh at approximately 9:02 am on 19 April,1995 there was a massive explosion that destroyed the Murrah building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma that resulted in the deaths of 168 people that occupied the building. This incident is known as the Oklahoma City Bombing. On 10 August 1995 a federal grand jury returned with eleven court indictments against McVeigh and his accomplice Terry Nichols. 20 October 1995 the government filed for the death penalty. With this filing of the death penalty Nichols filed a petition Writ of Mandamus against Judge Wayne Ally on 1 December 1995. This petition would have judge Alley recluse himself from the case and have the venue of the court change to the District of Colorado where Judge Richard Matsch would continue the case. On 19 February 1996 the district granted the petition from Nichols to have the venue of the trail be changed to the district of Colorado. In October 1996 the district court granted a motion for Severance by McVeigh and Nichols and then ordered that McVeigh trail proceed first on 31 March 1997. On 24 April of 1997 the twelve jurors and the six alternates were sworn in by the district court also the opening statements were made (United States of America v. Timothy James McVeigh, 1998). Presenting evidence was provided the following day. The prosecutor provided real evidence such as McVeigh and Nichols bought or stole the supplies needed to build a one and half ton to two ton bomb that was carried in the storage area of a rented moving truck. They rented multiple storage lockers in Kansas where they stored the components that were used to make the bomb. They funded their conspiracy by robbing a gun dealer sometime in November in 1994. The persecution also gave reference for the motive that would be the cause of the bombing in a letter written by McVeigh about the siege on Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas in 1993 (Larson, 1995). Toward the end of 1994 McVeigh typed multiple letters informing a close friend and his sister that he about to start putting his plan into motion. He informs his sister to extend her vacation that she is taking in April 1995, and
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CRIMINAL LAW: CASE STUDIES FRO TWO REAL CASES 3 to no long try to reach out to him so that the police wouldn’t think that she any part of what was to come. From
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