Appeals court upholds Atlanta Olympics bomber Eric Rudolph life sentences
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A federal appeals court upheld the life sentences of Atlanta Olympics bomber Eric Robert Rudolph on Monday.
Rudolph pleaded guilty and accepted multiple life sentences to escape the death penalty for the 1996 bombing of the Atlanta Olympics and three other attacks. A three-judge panel ruled on Monday that he is still bound by the terms of that agreement.
"Eric Rudolph is bound by the terms of his own bargain. He negotiated to spare his life, and in return he waived the right to collaterally attack his sentences in any post-conviction proceedings," Judge Britt Grant wrote in the opinion.
Rudolph had argued a 2019 U.S. Supreme Court ruling relating to the use of a firearm or deadly device during a "crime of violence" legitimized his petition for a new sentence.
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A federal appeals court upheld the life sentences against Atlanta Olympics bomber Eric Robert Rudolph, center, on Monday.
The Atlanta Olympics bombing saw Rudolph detonate explosives at a musical show at Centennial Olympic Park, killing one person and injuring dozens of others. He also admitted to placing explosives outside an abortion clinic and a gay nightclub elsewhere in Georgia, as well as another abortion clinic in Alabama.
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Rudolph's victims accused the bomber of taunting them even from within his supermax prison in 2007. He had no access to the internet, but a supporter of his was able to publish letters and essays Rudolph penned.
The Atlanta Olympics bombing saw Eric Rudolph detonate explosives at a musical show at Centennial