Only those directly hurt by the blast and relatives of the dead or injured in the Oklahoma City bombing should be able to attend a closed-circuit viewing of the trial, prosecutors say.

Government attorneys have proposed that U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch limit viewing to those who suffered direct physical, emotional or financial harm from last year's bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.Matsch ruled last month that the closed-circuit telecast was constitutional but asked prosecutors to help him define who is qualified to watch under the new federal law.

The telecast, however, could fall through if the transmissions cannot be protected from electronic piracy, Matsch said.

Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, both accused in the bombing that killed 168, are expected to be tried in Denver later this year or in 1997. They have pleaded not guilty to 11 death penalty counts.

In a Denver court filing, prosecutors said the new law broadly states that anyone with a "compelling interest" can watch the remote telecast, but it is clear the statute was designed to aid victims when a trial is moved more than 350 miles from its original jurisdiction.

Besides those who were directly harmed by the blast, spouses, guardians, parents, children, siblings and other relatives of the dead or injured should be included as victims, the brief said.

Prosecutors proposed that Matsch use their computerized victim database, which includes more than 2,000 victims, to help determine qualified viewers.

Others who feel victimized by the blast could be required to fill out an application for later evaluation, the brief said.

"Although `direct emotional harm' may not be as easily defined, it appears to exclude persons who had no family member injured by the explosion and who did not personally see, hear or feel the explosion," the brief said.

Uninjured survivors would qualify, however, because many had to flee for their lives and "see the broken and bloody bodies of their friends and co-workers," it said.

People in adjacent buildings also could qualify as emotionally harmed victims even if they were not physically injured, the brief said.

Prosecutors proposed using the largest available courtroom in the western federal judicial district of Oklahoma but did not specifically name Oklahoma City's downtown federal courthouse. The district covers the western half of the state.

The U.S. Marshals Service could issue photo-identification cards for qualified viewers and seating could be on a first-come, first-serve basis, the brief said.

Victims should be allowed to sit in the well of the courtroom - where the lawyers and jury are usually seated - to expand its capacity, the brief said.

Oklahoma City's U.S. District Court has a large ceremonial courtroom that can hold at least 300 spectators if the well is converted for seating. The courthouse also has equipment to transmit closed-circuit TV simultaneously to other courtrooms.

U.S. Court Clerk Robert Dennis said he believes the ceremonial courtroom is the largest in the Western District.