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Innocence an Incidental Inconvenience

I would not liked to have walked in this man's shoes.


Former security guard Richard Jewell, who was erroneously linked to the 1996 Olympic bombing, died Wednesday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.

Jewell, 44, was found dead in his west Georgia home, GBI spokesman John Bankhead said.

He died of natural causes, said Meriwether County Coroner Johnny Worley.

"There's no suspicion whatsoever of any type of foul play. He had been at home sick since the end of February with kidney problems," Worley said.

The GBI planned to do an autopsy Thursday, Bankhead said.

Lin Wood, Jewell's longtime attorney, said in an e-mail to The Associated Press that he was "devastated" by the news. He declined to comment further, saying he was in New York trying to get back to Atlanta.

Jewell was initially hailed as a hero for spotting a suspicious backpack in a park and moving people out of harm's way just before a bomb exploded during a concert at the Atlanta Summer Olympics.

The blast killed one and injured 111 others.

Three days after the bombing, an unattributed report in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution described him as "the focus" of the investigation.

Other media, to varying degrees, also linked Jewell to the investigation. He was never arrested or charged, although he was questioned and was a subject of search warrants.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

ATLANTA (AP) — Former security guard Richard Jewell, who was erroneously linked to the 1996 Olympic bombing, died Wednesday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.

Jewell, 44, was found dead in his west Georgia home, GBI spokesman John Bankhead said.

He died of natural causes, said Meriwether County Coroner Johnny Worley.

"There's no suspicion whatsoever of any type of foul play. He had been at home sick since the end of February with kidney problems," Worley said.

The GBI planned to do an autopsy Thursday, Bankhead said.

Former security guard Jewell dies - Yahoo! News
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You beat me to this one. When folks talk about Clinton era's Waco or Elian Gonzalez, you have to add Richard Jewel into that same mix. All three are sad episodes of American Justice gone awry.

They follow 1992's Ruby Ridge and then are followed by an absolute assault from Federal Justice officials as they keep pushing their agendas in the name of freedom.

Today's reminders are Richard Jewel and the announcement of the removal of Son of Carnivore. It's time to right the boat, from both sides.

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I read that story and remembered how that guy was railroaded.
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Between the media and the FBI, I can't imagine how he lived as long as he did.

Imagine if Nancy Grace and Bill O'Really were around then.

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