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Jewell has no job now except for waiting, as the FBI examines articles seized from his home, especially his tools, which may offer evidence of a bomb's assembly. "Tools make peculiar marks," says an agent. "You can match them like a fingerprint." Voiceprints are much less exact, so it cannot be determined with scientific accuracy that Jewell's voice does or does not match the 911 caller's. The FBI is also said to be questioning some of Jewell's friends. Still, a week of sleuthing had unearthed no immediately incriminating evidence.
Jewell has proclaimed his innocence. Two of his neighbors made a related point last week when they brandished hand-lettered signs that read STOP MEDIA HARASSMENT and INNOCENT TILL PROVEN GUILTY. Either way, the anonymity of Richard Jewell is over. If he is cleared, his story will probably be turned into an outrage-of-justice TV movie. If convicted of conspiracy, he can be the subject of an Oliver Stone film.
--Reported by Adam Cohen/Atlanta and Elaine Shannon and Douglas Waller/Washington