Judge rules against McVeigh deathcast
Tim's lights dim
Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma city bomber, will not have his execution broadcast over the Web, US District Judge John Tinder ruled today.
The Entertainment Network Inc, which is seeking the right to webcast McVeigh's judicial execution, says it will appeal.
In a press statement, David Marshlack, ENI CEO, said: "We are quite surprised the Judge Tinder has rejected our case. We are planning to file a notice of appeal on Friday either to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals or directly to the United States Supreme Court. We can't comment further until we've read and evaluated the judge's opinion."
Oi, Brock! Wanna fight?
If Marshlack was really surprised by the decision , we are a tree frog. If he really thinks he has a constitutional right to film McVeigh's death, then we are two tree frogs. And if his odious company wins its appeal, The Register will campaign to legalise badger-baiting in the UK (don't fret, they deserve it).
ENI specialises in broadcasting content for voyeurs over the Web - but hitherto it has specialised in flogging titillation rather than snuff-by-government movies.
McVeigh's execution is scheduled for May 16 - and if ENI wins it case, will donate all Webcast proceeds to his victims.
This strikes us as a frivolous misuse of money - surely it should go to ENI's shareholders. ®
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