Jewell's lawyers ask magistrate to show affidavits

September 04, 1996|By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

ATLANTA -- Lawyers for Richard Jewell, the security guard being investigated in the July 27 bombing at Centennial Olympic Park, filed court papers yesterday asking a federal magistrate to unseal any affidavits that were used to justify a series of searches of Jewell's property.

Jewell's criminal defense lawyer, Jack Martin, said he is convinced that the searches of Jewell's house, truck and storage shed were unconstitutional because federal authorities did not have enough evidence against Jewell to justify them. Martin said he can prove his suspicion only if U.S. Magistrate Gerrilyn Brill unseals the affidavits, which outline the evidence that the FBI had gathered against Jewell at the time.

Brill signed the search warrants on July 30, July 31 and Aug. 3, and sealed the affidavits at the request of the FBI and others.

Federal officials have said that Jewell remains a suspect in the bombing along with several other people whose names have not become publicly known.

The pipe bomb, which exploded at 1: 20 a.m., when the park was packed with Olympic revelers, killed one woman and injured 111 people.

Pub Date: 9/04/96

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