Playing For a Stay

As McVeigh takes his battle to the next level, old questions resurface about how much help he had

Tim McVeigh's latest battle with the Federal Government is, for him at least, a win-win proposition. Last week lawyers for the Oklahoma City bomber asked federal judge Richard P. Matsch to stay McVeigh's execution, which was postponed from May 16 until June 11 after the FBI admitted it had misplaced more than 4,000 pages of documents that should have been given to McVeigh's defense team. Arguing that the government had perpetrated "a fraud on the court," the lawyers requested a hearing to determine whether the feds willfully withheld the documents in order to conceal exculpatory evidence--and whether the bureau is hiding...