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Rudolph Will Not Use Insanity Plea

Eric Rudolph won't use an insanity defense to fight the death penalty if he's convicted in a deadly abortion clinic bombing.

Rudolph's lawyers made that disclosure in asking a federal court today for more time to reveal their potential expert witnesses to prosecutors. They didn't provide details on how they would fight a death sentence if jurors convict Rudolph.

Jury selection is set to begin in late March in Rudolph's federal death penalty trial in the 1998, bombing of New Woman All Women Health Care in Birmingham. The explosion killed an off-duty police officer and seriously wounded a nurse.

Rudolph also is accused in the 1996 bombing that killed a woman at the Atlanta Olympics and more bombings in Atlanta in 1997. He was a fugitive for five years before his arrest in May 2003, outside a Murphy, North Carolina, grocery store.


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