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Deadline set for response to McVeigh's motion for new trial

McVeigh July 9, 1997
Web posted at: 5:39 p.m. EDT (2139 GMT)

DENVER (CNN) -- The federal government has until July 23 to respond to Timothy McVeigh's motion for a new trial for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, the trial judge has ruled.

U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch made his ruling Tuesday, a day after McVeigh's attorneys filed the motion.

The defense said publicity over newspaper reports of a McVeigh confession, Matsch's refusal to grant a delay in the trial after publication of those reports and the way he instructed potential jurors made it impossible for McVeigh to receive a fair trial.

In June, a jury of seven men and five women sentenced McVeigh to die for his role in the bombing that killed 168 people.

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