Oklahoma City Bomber Doesn't Like Prison Food, Judge Doesn't Care
Remember Terry Nichols, the other guy who was involved in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City?
Nichols has been making his home in Florence, Colo. since his 1997 conviction on charges related to the bombing. Last year, Nichols decided to file a lawsuit, claiming that the food he was being served -- which he described as "dead and refined" -- constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. Not only is it cruel and unusual to limit his menu options, said Nichols, but it violates his right to the free exercise of religion, since such food is "abhorrent to [his] sincerely held religious beliefs" and thus causes him to "sin against God."
U.S. District Judge Christine Arguello in Denver wasn't buying it. She dismissed his claims last week. Arguello was apparently unmoved by Nichols' claims that the lack of insoluble fiber in his prison grub was preventing him from a blissful routine of "easy, daily bowel movements, with soft stools." Sorry, Terry. You'll have to struggle with digestive issues sometimes just like the rest of us.
I am, as usual, in agreement with Kevin at Lowering the Bar:
Hey, if you would prefer to have your events catered by Wolfgang Puck, don't help somebody blow up a building.
(Thanks to KFMB 760AM in San Diego for their excellent Photoshopping skills.)
Posted by Eric Lipman on August 19, 2010 at 10:31 AM | Permalink
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