Nichols' lawyers say McVeigh used client

  John Bacon; Bonna M. de la Cruz


  USA Today


  Page 03A

  (Copyright 1997)


  Lawyers for Oklahoma City bombing co-defendant Terry Nichols said Monday

  that their client unwittingly was used by condemned bomber Timothy McVeigh

  in preparations for the April 19, 1995, explosion that killed 168 people and

  wounded more than 500.


  In an interview with CBS News, lawyers Michael Tigar and Ronald Woods said

  Nichols had no prior knowledge of the bombing. They said Nichols had driven

  the getaway car, but contended that Nichols thought his Army buddy's car had

  broken down and he simply was giving him a lift.


  A jury sentenced McVeigh to death Friday. Nichols faces the same 11 charges at

  a trial set for September.


  Group protests logging operation


  Timber protest: Paul White, left, lies chained to a wood chipper as a woman

  stands by during a protest at a Shelburne, N.H., lumber operation. White was

  arrested but about two dozen other members of Native Forest Network were

  dispersed peacefully. Mead Corp. officials deny allegations that excessive timber

  cutting is causing environmental damage.


  SIMPSON CASE: A hearing to decide what personal property O.J. Simpson may

  withhold from creditors exposed a rift between survivors of Nicole Brown

  Simpson and Ronald Goldman. Daniel Petrocelli, the lawyer for Goldman's

  father, Fred, claimed that ``Simpson's lawyers and the lawyers for Nicole's estate

  are working very closely together to keep Mr. Goldman from getting anything

  from Mr. Simpson.'' Also, Tanya Brown, Nicole's sister, denied reports that the

  Brown family was in possession of Simpson's missing 1968 Heisman Trophy,

  valued at $400,000. ``It's a lie,'' she said. ``It's the most coveted award in sports,

  I think I'd know if we had it.''-- Jonathan T. Lovitt


  IDAHO FLOODING:Government land managers cut back the amount of water

  being released from a brimming reservoir near Blackfoot, Idaho, to ease the

  threat to towns and farms along the flooding Snake River. More than 500 people

  have been evacuated from nearby communities. About 150 homes along a

  40-mile stretch of the river have been damaged, and thousands of acres of

  farmland are inundated. ``Assuming that the weather doesn't change, the worse

  has passed,'' National Guard Lt. Col. James Ball said.


  TIMES BEACH CLEANUP: The giant incinerator burning dioxin-tainted soil

  from Times Beach, Mo., site of one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S.

  history, has completed its work. The town, 25 miles southwest of St. Louis, was

  contaminated in the 1970s when waste oil was sprayed on its dirt streets to keep

  the dust down. The government bought out its 2,300 residents. Since March

  1996, the incinerator has processed more than 600 tons of soil daily. A state park

  is planned for the 500-acre site.




  CRIME LAB ERROR: Charges were dropped against a man accused of killing a

  16-year-old Spotsylvania, Va., girl, a week after the state crime lab admitted it

  erred in linking him to the crime with fiber evidence. Karl Michael Roush, 44,

  remains jailed on a shoplifting conviction.


  GUNS IN SCHOOLS: The Education Department released the first preliminary

  statistics collected under the 1994 Gun Free Schools Act. In the 1995-1996

  school year, 6,276 students in 29 states and the District of Columbia were

  expelled for bringing guns and other weapons to school.


  INTERNET MOM: Sandra Hacker, 24, of Cincinnati was freed on bond after

  pleading innocent to child neglect. Police said she was spending up to 12 hours a

  day at her computer and ignoring her children, ages 5, 3 and 2.


  U.S. convict captured in France


  A hippie guru who gained influence with the rich and powerful in the 1970s

  before he beat his girlfriend to death and stuffed the body in a steamer trunk has

  been captured in France after 16 years on the run.


  Ira Einhorn, 57, fled to Europe shortly before his trial in the murder of Helen

  ``Holly'' Maddux was to begin. A Philadelphia court convicted him in absentia in

  1993 and he was sentenced to life in prison. French police arrested Einhorn

  Friday in the Bordeaux region, where he was living with his Swedish wife in a

  home converted from a windmill.


  His lawyer, Norris Gelman, said Einhorn will fight extradition, noting that

  Einhorn's fate here is sealed.


  Einhorn, known for not bathing and answering his door naked, was a symbol for

  drugs, free love, peace and unity. Fortune 500 companies hired him to tell them

  about future trends. ``He was and remains a remarkable man,'' said Bernard

  Segal, his former lawyer. ``He was on the cutting edge of all new ideas, always

  thinking and looking.''-- Bonna M. de la Cruz

  PHOTOS, B/W, AP (2); PHOTO, B/W,Orin Langelle, AP