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Suspect’s Mother Asks Clinton’s Help

Tue., Aug. 27, 1996

Breaking down in tears, the mother of Olympic bombing suspect Richard Jewell pleaded Monday for President Clinton to clear her son’s name.

In her first public statement, Barbara Jewell said life has been a nightmare for herself and her 33-year-old son since he was named a suspect in the bombing at Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park.

“I am asking the president for help as the head of the Justice Department and the FBI,” Barbara Jewell said at a news conference arranged by her son’s lawyers. “You have the power to end this nightmare. If the FBI does not intend to charge my son, please tell us, please tell the world.”

The White House had no comment. The Justice Department said its investigation continues.

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