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September-26-03

Judge Upholds $115 Million Judgment Against Rudolph

A judge upheld a $115 million judgment against Eric Robert Rudolph for maiming an abortion clinic nurse in a 1998 bombing. Rudolph's lawyers had asked Jefferson County Circuit Judge Helen Shores Lee to dismiss the monetary judgment, claiming that Rudolph was not properly served with the suit when it was filed in 2000, according to the Birmingham News. The suit was filed by Emily Lyons, a nurse who worked at Birmingham, Alabama's New Woman All Woman Health Care Clinic, and her husband Jeff. Lyons was severely injured when the clinic was bombed in 1998 by suspected serial bomber Rudolph. She lost one eye and has undergone 20 operations because of injuries sustained during the bombing, which killed an off-duty police officer, according to the Associated Press.

Rudolph is also charged with bombing an Atlanta abortion clinic, a lesbian and gay nightclub, and Centennial Park in Atlanta during the 1996 Olympics. He remained on the run for five years, and he was captured in June in Murphy, NC. The four bombings that Rudolph is charged with left two people dead and over one hundred injured. He was placed on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list in May of 1998. He is the third anti-abortion extremist in the last five years to be placed on an FBI list and the third to be captured.

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Media Resources: Birmingham News 9/20/03, 9/25/03; Associated press 9/25/03; Feminist Daily News Wire