Dispute over Legal Bills Puts Nichols' Murder Trial on Hold

THE JOURNAL RECORD, August 29, 2002 | Go to article overview

Dispute over Legal Bills Puts Nichols' Murder Trial on Hold


The murder trial of Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols was put on hold Wednesday until a dispute over Nichols' legal bills is resolved.

State District Judge Ray Dean Linder issued a stay requested by Nichols' defense attorney, Brian Hermanson of Ponca City. Linder said it would remain in effect until the state Supreme Court clarifies when and how Nichols' legal bills will be paid.

"The funding issue is paramount in my opinion," Linder said. The order canceled a Sept. 4 hearing where Linder was expected to set a new date for Nichols' preliminary hearing.

Nichols' defense has spent about $1.7 million since state murder charges were filed for the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Nichols' defense costs are paid from a fund financed by court fees and fine collections in Oklahoma County.

Defense attorneys have complained that their contract with the county limited their fees to a total of $1.8 million. Last month, the Supreme Court voided the contract, and Linder instructed Nichols' attorneys to work out a new one.

But fund administrators have complained that the Nichols case has been "financially devastating," Hermanson said. He said differences he has with fund administrators on how to interpret the Supreme Court's order have blocked a new contract.

Hermanson said he plans to ask the high court for additional guidance on how to comply with the order.

Hermanson said he has not been paid in almost one year, creating financial burdens for his family.

"It has been difficult," he said.

Other members of Nichols' defense team have taken other cases and found other work in order to make a living.

"There is no money flowing to the defense team," Hermanson said. "We have been unable to pay expenses in this case.

Assistant District Attorney Lou Keel said Nichols' defense has exhausted its revenue through excessive litigation in the case.

"I recall no other case with a fraction of the issues they have chosen to take up on appeal," Keel said.

He said a preliminary hearing that will decide whether Nichols, 47, will be tried for first-degree murder has been scheduled and postponed six times. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Dispute over Legal Bills Puts Nichols' Murder Trial on Hold
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.