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Rudolph Lawyers Waive Right to Alabama Hearing

Accused serial bomber Eric Rudolph has waived his right to a bond hearing in Alabama because it was clear he would not be granted bail, his lawyers said on Monday. Court officials canceled a bond hearing that had been scheduled for Tuesday in Birmingham, where Rudolph faces federal charges in the January 1998 bombing of an abortion clinic that killed an off-duty police officer and maimed a nurse. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges. “It is clear after careful consideration that Mr. Rudolph will not get, nor can he make, bond,” Rudolph attorney Richard Jaffe said in a statement. “Therefore, we will waive the detention hearing and concentrate our efforts on those battles in the near future that we have every intention of winning.” The statement added that “our investigation continues to bear out that there is no connection between Eric Rudolph and extremist organizations.” Some authorities have described Rudolph as a white supremacist with a hatred for gays and abortion-rights supporters. Full Story

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