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Terry Nichols wants restitution order suspended

Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols asks judge to suspend restitution order, claiming it stands in the way of his dietary needs.
BY NOLAN CLAY Published: August 7, 2010

Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols claims he has gone on three hunger strikes since February. He claims prison authorities force-fed him the first and third times.

In July, Nichols, 55, wrote in a legal filing in his ongoing lawsuit over his prison food that he acted to force prison officials to begin to address his medical and religious needs.

Nichols is serving life sentences at the nation's highest-security federal prison, in Florence, Colo., for his role in the deadly 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

He wrote he also was given an IV the first time. He wrote medical personnel tried for three hours but could not give him an IV the third time, in May, because he was too dehydrated. He wrote he also had not consumed any liquids during the third hunger strike.

He wrote he lost 35 pounds during the last hunger strike, going down to 125 pounds.

He did not give any details about his second hunger strike.

He wants a diet of raw vegetables, fruit and whole-grain foods that are not typical prison fare. He contends his Christian belief "is that God created our foods to be consumed in their whole unrefined state."

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