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THE MCVEIGH VERDICT

Voices

June 14, 1997

"Yes!"

--Joyous spectators at the site of the Oklahoma City bombing

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"The punishment fits the crime."

--Jim Denny, whose two toddlers were injured by the blast

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"The crime that I think he did was one of hatred against the government. And we as a government react with hatred."

--Bud Welch, whose daughter died in the blast, and who opposed the death penalty for McVeigh

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"You've done your duty and you've done it well."

--U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch to jury.

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"I think Timothy McVeigh needs to prepare himself to meet God. That's his judge."

--Lyle Cousins, whose wife was killed

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"We promise to never forget that 25 months and 25 days ago, a self-appointed assassin detonated a weapon of mass destruction resulting in the deaths of our friends."

--Paul Heath, president of the survivors' association

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"This is not a day of great joy for the prosecution team. We're pleased that the system worked and that justice prevailed."

--Prosecutor Joseph Hartzler

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"The jury has spoken and their verdict is entitled to respect . . ."

Defense attorney Stephen Jones

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"This investigation and trial have confirmed our country's faith in its justice system."

--President Clinton

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"He brought terrorism to our soil as a native son...He deserves to die."

--Diane Clements, president of a victims' rights group, Justice for All

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"There is no such thing as closure for people who lost family in the bombing. The only closure is when they close the lid on my casket."

--Darlene Welch, who lost a 4-year-old niece

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