January 29, 1997 |
Richard Jewell sued the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the college where he once worked as a security guard on Tuesday, accusing them of libeling him in stories linking him to the Olympic park bombing. Jewell's lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, accuses the newspapers of portraying him as a man with "a bizarre employment history and an aberrant personality" who likely was guilty of placing the bomb.
October 30, 1996 |
Now that the satellite trucks are gone from Richard Jewell's street and the microphones are packed off to some newer emergency than this summer's Olympic bombing, a crucial question remains for the media: How do you unmake a villain? Jewell, a 33-year-old security guard, spent nearly three months as an international pariah after the Atlanta Journal came out with an extra edition July 30 naming him as the "focus" of the FBI's bombing investigation.
October 25, 1996 |
A federal judge, who says he believes that Richard Jewell is no longer a suspect in the Centennial Olympic Park bombing, has ordered officials to release sealed documents showing why the former security guard fell under suspicion in the first place. U.S. District Judge Owen Forrester gave the Justice Department one week to challenge his order in a higher court or unseal FBI affidavits used to obtain warrants to search Jewell's property.
October 9, 1996 |
Federal authorities are considering removing Richard Jewell as an active suspect in the Atlanta Olympics bombing case, say Jewell's attorney and law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation.
September 20, 1996 |
The battery that was likely used to detonate the bomb at Centennial Olympic Park came from a South Florida hardware chain, Atlanta television station WXIA reported Thursday. The 12-volt battery, a type commonly used for lanterns, was in a shipment of 24 batteries delivered to the Sewell Hardware chain earlier this year, owner Worley Sewell told the television station. The battery was tracked to the West Palm Beach, Fla.-based chain by its lot number.
August 30, 1996 |
Atty. Gen. Janet Reno sympathized with the mother of Atlanta security guard Richard Jewell but did not remove him as a suspect in the bombing at the Centennial Olympic Park that killed at least one person and injured 100 others. Federal investigators, meanwhile, are studying more than 200 rolls of videotape and still photographs taken at the Atlanta park near the time of the July 27 bombing, an official said.