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Eric Rudolph

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A federal judge Monday overruled prosecutors' objections and gave Eric Rudolph's new lawyers more time to come up with a plan for fighting death penalty charges in a fatal abortion clinic bombing.

U.S. District Judge Lynwood Smith ruled that Rudolph's attorneys could have until Sept. 15 to reveal how they intend to defend against charges that Rudolph planted a bomb outside a Birmingham women's clinic in January 1998. The blast killed a police officer and critically injured a nurse.

Rudolph's attorneys were supposed to notify prosecutors of their intended defense earlier this month, but they sought additional time after former lead attorney Richard Jaffe and three associates removed themselves from the case for undisclosed reasons.

Besides the Alabama bombing, Rudolph is charged in three bombings in Atlanta, including the one that killed a woman during the 1996 Olympics.

Rudolph remains jailed without bond in Birmingham.


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