McVeigh Lawyer, U.S. Attorney Square Off
(Released: 11/09 /01)
By Allison Thompson, Office of University Communications
HARTFORD, Conn. --One of Timothy McVeigh's attorneys and a
former lawyer for the United States Attorney's Office will face
off Friday, Nov. 16 at the University of Connecticut School of Law,
55 Elizabeth St., in A
Timely Debate: The Death Penalty & the Terrorist Threat. The
debate will take place at noon in the Starr Reading
Randall Coyne, a professor at the University of Oklahoma College
of Law, served on McVeigh's defense team in the Oklahoma City
bombing trial. McVeigh was accused and convicted of the bombing of
the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, which killed 168 people.
McVeigh was put to death in June 2001.
The co-author of the American Bar Association's publication,
Death Without Justice: A Guide for Examining the Administration
of the Death Penalty in the United States and A Report
Regarding the Implementation of the American Bar Association's
Recommendations and Resolutions Concerning the Death Penalty and
Calling for a Moratorium on Executions, Coyne took a one-year
unpaid leave of absence from the University of Oklahoma to serve on
McVeigh's defense team.
Coyne will debate William Otis, an adjunct professor at the
George Mason School of Law and a former lawyer in the United States
Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. While
at the U.S. Attorney's Office, Otis was a member of the
Attorney General's Advisory Subcommittee on Federal Sentencing
and served as special White House counsel to former President
George H.W. Bush. During last year's presidential campaign, he
served as an informal advisor to George W. Bush.
"These two men have very distinguished backgrounds but
drastically different ideological viewpoints," says Brian
Farnen, president of the Student Bar Association, which is
co-sponsoring the event with the Federalist Society. "The
debate promises to be passionate and thought-provoking."
The event is free and open to the public and the media.
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