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Eric Rudolph Court Hearing Delayed

June 10, 2003

(Birmingham)   A judge postponed a hearing in the case against serial bombing suspect Eric Rudolph today, agreeing with a defense request for additional time to review documents. U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Putnam had scheduled a hearing for this afternoon to consider whether the government can continue holding Rudolph without bond on charges he bombed an Alabama abortion clinic in January 1998, killing a police officer and critically injuring a nurse. But Putnam's office said he rescheduled the hearing for June 17th at 2 p.m. after Rudolph's attorneys asked for more time to go over documents. Rudolph was arrested in Murphy, North Carolina, on May 31st after five years on the run. In addition to the Birmingham bombing, Rudolph is charged with the Olympic park bombing in 1996and a pair of bombings in Atlanta in 1997. In the Olympic Park bombing, Alice Hawthorne of Albany was killed. Rudolph will stand trial first in the Birmingham case. He has pleaded innocent to charges that could carry the death penalty upon conviction.

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