Cody Judy, who was convicted of threatening an LDS Church leader with a bogus bomb, is seeking visitation rights with his children.
He has launched a legal campaign urging officials to allow his 6-year-old daughter and two sons, ages 7 and 4, to regularly visit him at the Utah State Prison.Judy, 28, is serving one to 15 years in prison after he waved a fake bomb at Howard W. Hunter, who at the time was President of the Council of the Twelve for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
President Hunter, who has since become president of the church following the death of former President Ezra Taft Benson, was speaking at a Brigham Young University fireside on Feb. 7, 1993, when Judy jumped to the stage waving a briefcase he said contained a bomb. Judy also held a cordless phone wrapped in tape that he suggested was a detonator.
In a copyright story published in Sunday's Standard-Examiner, Judy said that God told him the incident was necessary to teach a lesson about constitutional rights to free speech.
"People haven't realized this yet, but they will soon, that what I am doing is a service for them," he said. "What I've been given is of God and that will be proved. An injustice must have happened for justice to come around."
As for his children, Judy said he has not seen them since a year before he was sentenced to prison.
John Cummings, an attorney for Judy's ex-wife, Jill, said Judy has a right to visit with his children but is "just not asking for it in the right way."
"If he hired an attorney, in two seconds he could have supervised visitation with no problem," he said.
Court records indicate that under a divorce decree, Judy was ordered to have "only supervised visitation while he's mentally unstable."
Judy was diagnosed as having a variety of mental disorders, including paranoid schizophrenia, delusional disorder, manic depression and paranoia.
He pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated burglary, assault and escape after fleeing the state mental hospital in the days after his arrest.
"The charges that were filed, that has a spiritual meaning as well," Judy said in an interview at the prison. "Aggravated burglary? The Lord will come as a thief in the night."
Judy has sent numerous letters to court officials and police agencies, requesting that his wife be investigated for custodial interference and prosecuted for kidnapping.
"These children are innocent and they shouldn't suffer from the discrimination of the court against the man," he said.
He was denied parole earlier this year but said he has received a revelation from God that he won't spend much more time behind bars.
"The courts are going to see the mercy to let me go," he said. "It was never intended for me to be a prisoner and come here and rot. I was never a criminal offender and here I'm costing the state of Utah $40,000 a year."