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Published: Wednesday, 4/13/2005

<font face='verdana' size='1' color =#CC0000><b> * New * </b></font> Rudolph pleads guilty to Olympic bombing, three other attacks


ATLANTA Right-wing extremist Eric Rudolph pleaded guilty today to carrying out the deadly bombing at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and three other attacks across the South, and said he picked the Summer Games to embarrass the U.S. government in front of the world for its abominable sanctioning of abortion on demand.

Because I believe that abortion is murder, I also believe that force is justified ... in an attempt to stop it, he said in a statement handed out by his lawyers after he entered his pleas in back-to-back court appearances, first in Birmingham, Ala., in the morning, then in Atlanta in the afternoon.

Rudolph, 38, worked out a plea bargain that will spare him from the death penalty. He will get four consecutive life sentences without parole for the four blasts that killed two people and wounded more than 120 others.

The statement marked the first time he had ever offered a reason for the attacks.

The purpose of the attack on July 27th (1996) was to confound, anger and embarrass the Washington government in the eyes of the world for its abominable sanctioning of abortion on demand, Rudolph said in the statement, which quoted the Bible throughout.

I am not anarchist. I have nothing against government or law enforcement in general. It is solely for the reason that this govt has legalized the murder of children that I have no allegiance to nor do I recognize the legitimacy of this particular government in Washington.

Read more in later editions of The Blade and toledoblade.com.

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