The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

10 June 2003

Nichols: penny-pincher?

"The time has finally come to put an end," said Terry Nichols' defense attorneys in their letter requesting that the state Supreme Court dismiss state charges against the Oklahoma City bombing conspirator, "to a prosecution that this financially strapped state cannot afford."

The Supremes declined: "This court has no power to order that a criminal prosecution be dismissed." The defense had argued that the court could assume jurisdiction, on the basis that spiraling defense costs would unfairly impact other state cases.

Justice Ralph Hodges, in his concurring opinion, smacked down this notion: "Counsel should return to the process of defending Nichols rather than focusing too narrowly on whether the defense team will be sufficiently compensated."

Posted at 7:17 AM to Soonerland

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It's nice to know Terry Nichols just wants to be a fiscally responsible citizen of Oklahoma.

Posted by: Cam at 9:49 AM on 10 June 2003

"Counsel should return to the process of defending Nichols rather than focusing too narrowly on whether the defense team will be sufficiently compensated."

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I hate to admit it, but sometimes no one can lay the smackdown on a lawyer like another lawyer.

Posted by: McGehee at 2:11 PM on 10 June 2003