Okla. Bomber Sues Prison For Constipation

Terry Nichols is shown in a Jan. 31, 2000, police photo taken in Oklahoma City. Eight years after the Oklahoma City bombing, Nichols was to appear before a judge Monday, May 5, 2003, at a preliminary hearing that will determine whether there is enough evidence to send him to trial on 160 counts of first-degree murder. Nichols, 48, is already serving a federal sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The Smoking Gun Web site reports on a lawsuit against his jailers filed by Terry Nichols, the domestic terrorist who teamed up with Timothy McVeigh to murder 168 people in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

According to the court documents on the Smoking Gun Web site, Terry Nichols, 54, says the low-fiber prison diet has given him "chronic constipation, bleeding, hemorrhoids."

This week, a federal judge rejected Nichols's bid for a preliminary injunction against the Bureau of Prisons. A lawsuit filed last month by Nichols is pending.

To support his claim, Nichols solicited testimonials from other high-profile inmates including Eric Rudolph, whose bombs killed victims at abortion clinics and the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Rudolph agrees with Nichols, saying "refined and highly processed" food served to killers like him causes "constipation, gas, and stomach cramps."

A truck loaded with 4,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil tore the face off the nine-story Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995, and also caused millions of dollars in damage to other structures in parts of downtown Oklahoma City.

Timothy McVeigh and Nichols were convicted of the bomb plot, which prosecutors said was a twisted attempt to avenge the deaths of about 80 people in the government siege at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, exactly two years earlier.

McVeigh was convicted on federal murder charges and executed in 2001. Nichols is serving multiple life sentences on federal and state convictions.

Here's the Smoking Gun story and court documents.