Rudolph appears in court

Eric Rudolph appeared in a federal court in Asheville this morning to face accusations that he was the Olympic park bomber.

Wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, blue bulletproof vest and shackles, Rudolph spoke only briefly at a 30-minute hearing to acknowledge his identity when asked by United States District Court Judge Lacy Thornburg.

Rudolph sat straightfaced next to attorney Sean Devereux, appointed because Rudolph says he does not have the money to pay a lawyer. He did not enter a plea. Rudolph is to be tried first in Birmingham, Alabama, then in Atlanta.

Rudolph faces six charges of using an explosive against a facility in interstate commerce. The charges stem from the explosion in Atlanta's Olympic Centennial Park, a 1998 bombing at an abortion clinic in Birmingham and 1997 bombings in Atlanta outside a gay nightclub and an office building that housed an abortion clinic.

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