Eric Rudolph

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Federal prosecutors acknowledged today that the plea deal signed by serial bomber Eric Rudolph contains an error. The document stated the deadly bomb outside a Birmingham abortion clinic was buried under a shrub.

However, Assistant U-S Attorney Michael Whisonant said the mistake does not alter Rudolph's guilt and cannot be challenged by the defense because Rudolph waived his right to an appeal.

An attorney for Rudolph was unavailable for comment on why his client signed the statement if it contained inaccurate details of how he pulled off the bombing.

Rudolph pleaded guilty last week in the 1998 Birmingham bombing, the 1996 Olympic park bombing in Atlanta and two other Atlanta-area bombings in 1997. Under the plea deal, he will serve four life terms without the possibility of parole.

A federal judge set a sentencing hearing in Birmingham for July 18th.


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