Bomber's suit over food tossed by federal judge

A judge in Denver has dismissed claims by Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols that prison officials violated his religious rights by depriving him of a diet rich in whole grains, fiber, raw fruits and vegetables.

U.S. District Judge Christine Arguello said in a ruling issued Monday that Nichols didn’t support his claims that the prison’s food amounts to cruel and unusual punishment and violates his constitutional right to free exercise of religion.

Nichols sued last year, saying the food served at the federal prison in Florence, Colo., violated his religious beliefs by causing him to sin.

He is serving life for conspiracy and involuntary manslaughter in the 1995 federal building bombing that killed 168 people. Timothy McVeigh was convicted of murder and executed.