BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Eric Robert Rudolph, the Olympic bombing suspect, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in a deadly bombing at a Birmingham abortion clinic.
Rudolph entered the plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Putnam in the bombing of New Woman All Women Health Care, where an off-duty police officer was killed and a nurse critically injured on Jan. 29, 1998.
He could face the death penalty, but Assistant U.S. Atty. Michael Whisonant gave no indication whether the government will seek such a sentence.
The judge asked Rudolph whether he understood the possible penalties, to which Rudolph replied: "I do, Your Honor."
Outside court, defense lawyer Richard Jaffe said the public perception of Rudolph was "far from accurate."
"It's going to take some time ... to sort out the facts from the speculation and from the hearsay and from the public image that's been painted," Jaffe said.