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Fast Facts: The Search for Justice

 

 

 

 

The Trial

• Jury selection in the trial of Timothy McVeigh began March 31.

• Seven women and five men were selected to serve as jurors.

• Opening statements began April 24.

• Prosecution took 18 days to call 137 witnesses (not counting a new witness during rebuttal).

• Defense took four days to present 25 witnesses.

• Prosecution rebuttal took about 35 minutes and introduced an additional witness.

• Court heard 138 prosecution witnesses and 25 defense witnesses over 22 days of testimony.

• After 23 and a half hours of deliberations over four days, jury convicted Timothy McVeigh on all 11 counts.

• Jury condemned McVeigh to die by injection on June 13, 1997.

The Cost

• According to federal prosecutors, the U.S. government spent $82.5 million investigating and prosecuting the Oklahoma City bombing case, the most expensive in U.S. history.

• $60.5 million spent by the FBI. 

• $11.8 million spent by prosecutors. 

• $6.1 million spent by the U.S. Marshals Service for security. 

• $2.1 million spent by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to house the defendants. 

• $1.3 million spent on victim and witness assistance, including travel costs and counseling. 

• $542,397 on expenses for trial witnesses and fees of government experts. 

• $80,080 spent by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service on six investigators who followed up leads dealing with illegal or legal aliens.