THE BURDEN OF PROOF

AS THE PROSECUTION RESTS, TIMOTHY MCVEIGH IS IN A VERY DEEP HOLE. CAN HIS LAWYERS DIG HIM OUT?

When Joseph Hartzler, the lead prosecutor in the Oklahoma City bombing case, made his opening statement to the jury last month, he began with a story of two little boys. Just before 8 o'clock on April 19, 1995, Tevin Garrett's mother dropped him off at the day-care center in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. "Tevin, as so often happens," Hartzler said, "cried and clung to her." A two-year-old friend of Tevin's, Elijah Coverdale, was moved to sympathy. "Elijah," Hartzler continued, "came up to Tevin and patted him on the back, and comforted him as his mother left." An hour later,...

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