Judge: No hearing on bomber's bid for book money

AP News
Posted: Apr 09, 2013 4:36 PM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A judge in Alabama refused Tuesday to hold a hearing on whether Olympic bomber Eric Rudolph gets to keep money from sales of the autobiography he wrote in prison.

U.S. District Judge Lynwood Smith issued a brief order denying a request by Rudolph.

Rudolph recently filed a request seeking about $200 the government seized from sales of the book, which he wrote behind bars and published with the help of his brother through an online company.

The judge said Rudolph, 46, gave up any money from publications in his plea agreement, so no hearing was needed.

Rudolph pleaded guilty to detonating a bomb at a downtown park during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. He also pleaded guilty to setting off a bomb outside an abortion clinic in downtown Birmingham in 1998.

Two people died in the blasts, and Rudolph was on the run for more than five years before being captured in Murphy, N.C., in 2003.

Rudolph still owes more than $1 million in restitution, prosecutors said in a court filing, and money from the book will go to settle that debt. The 394-page book, titled "Between the Lines of Drift: The Memoirs of a Militant," was published with the help of brother Daniel K. Rudolph.

Eric Rudolph recently sent letters to his defense attorney and others saying he was on a hunger strike to protest his treatment at the federal prison where he is held in isolation in Florence, Colo.