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Hearing Set for April 17th on Bid by Entertainment Network, Inc. to Broadcast McVeigh Execution Live on the Internet.

Entertainment Editors/High Tech Writers

TAMPA, Fla.--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--April 6, 2001

Entertainment Network, Inc. said today that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana will hear oral arguments on April 17th (9 a.m.) in Indianapolis on its bid to force the government to grant permission to transmit the execution of Timothy McVeigh live over the Internet for adults only.

ENI's attorney, Derek A. Newman of Seattle, Washington said he will argue at the hearing before Judge John D. Tinder that his client has a constitutional right to Webcast the execution because vital information to which the public has a clear right would otherwise be squelched.

ENI filed a motion yesterday in Judge Tinder's court seeking a temporary restraining order as well as preliminary and permanent injunction against Harley Lappin, Warden of the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute; Kathleen Hawk Sawyer, Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons and Attorney General John Ashcroft,. (Case No. TH01-076.C-T/H.) The suit was the result of a denial by the prison system of ENI's request to place a Webcam in the execution chamber at the time McVeigh is scheduled to be put to death in the Federal penitentiary in Terre Haute on May 16th. McVeigh was convicted of causing the deaths of 168 people in the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995.

"The government is sponsoring the killing of the human being who was responsible for this horrendous act and we believe the people have an absolute right to witness this action," said David Marshlack, chief executive of ENI, who will be present at the hearing. "Technology today permits the transmission of such an event without any disruption whatsoever and furthermore we will be able to block it from access by children. We believe we can make a very persuasive argument to the court," he added.

The motions filed by Newman are available in full on the ENI website http://www.entertainmentnetwork.com. A user survey accompanying the documents is running 56% in favor of Webcasting the execution and 43% opposed.

Tampa-based ENI, in addition to operating VoyeurDorm.com, DudeDorm.com and other popular websites for consumers, maintains one of the largest Internet development and hosting services in the Southeastern United States through CandidHosting.com and related companies.
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