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Judge: Okla. City Search Was Unnecessary

A federal judge ordered authorities Thursday to return nine computers and hundreds of disks confiscated from a consultant thought to have images relevant to the trial of Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III said he was satisfied consultant John Culbertson would cooperate in the investigation and police should not have executed a search warrant to seize material they probably could have gotten with a subpoena. “The search appears to be excessively broad,” he said. “This was a howitzer (doing) what a BB gun could have accomplished.” Culbertson was a consultant in the investigation of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and told the court he is a journalist. Investigators thought he had images of the building before, during and after the explosion. Full Story

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