The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

7 October 2005

Clamming up

Whatever is going on down there in Norman, they don't want to talk about it:

The warrant used to execute a search of Oklahoma University bomber Joel Henry Hinrichs III's apartment, where an undetermined amount of explosives were found, has been sealed by a federal court at the request of the Justice Department.

Hinrichs blew himself up yards from Oklahoma Memorial Stadium Saturday night while tens of thousands of fans watched an OU-Kansas State football game.

Bob Troester, first asst. U.S. attorney in Oklahoma City, said the department requested the warrant be sealed, but declined to elaborate when asked why it was necessary to do so given previous media reports that a depressed Hinrichs acted alone and on a whim.

"You can draw whatever assumption you like," he said. "We don't comment on any sealed indictments."

Which, of course, is exactly why those documents get sealed: to eliminate possible comments and/or potential tip-offs.

Beneath the surface, the iceberg continues to grow.

(Via A Blog For All.)

Posted at 3:58 PM to Soonerland

To quote: "We don't comment on any sealed indictments."

I'm not a lawyer, but I believe an indictment is different from a warrent.

And an indictment for a dead guy would be useless.

Posted by: Mel at 9:54 PM on 7 October 2005

Unless, of course, he's just one of a group, the remainder of whom are still actually alive.

As we keep hearing in the Tom DeLay case(s), you can get an indictment of a ham sandwich if you try hard enough.

Posted by: CGHill at 8:42 AM on 8 October 2005

Don't overlook the obvious: was it legal for anyone to sell him all that explosive material?

If they found receipts, etc., someone could be in the normal kind of trouble, not the extraordinary kind of trouble.

Posted by: Matt at 10:37 AM on 8 October 2005

The story goes that Irish playwright Brendan Behan was tried and convicted by a British court in absentia; Behan quipped that they could execute him the same way.

(Don't make fun of dead guys, Mel. Some of them vote.)

Posted by: CGHill at 4:11 PM on 8 October 2005

Unless he was part of a group. But they say he acted alone – just a suicide. Indictment was either the wrong word … or wasn’t supposed to be said.

And Matt, he wasn’t buying explosive material, he was buying everyday things. Anybody that is good in college level chemistry can easily gain an understanding of the reactions involved. Technically, I guess we all buy “explosive material” on a regular basis. We just don’t mix them. Instead, we use them to clean things and power our engines.

Posted by: Mel at 7:25 PM on 8 October 2005