Birmingham Clinic Bombing Victim Sues Rudolph for $110M
Emily Lyons, the nurse who was seriously injured in the 1998 Birmingham abortion clinic bombing, is suing bomb suspect Eric Robert Rudolph for $110 million in damages. The civil suit, filed in 2000 by Ms. Lyons and her husband while Rudolph was a fugitive, returned to active status at the county's docket when Rudolph was captured in May. The lawsuit is intended to prevent Rudolph from receiving any profits from a book or movie. In court testimony last week, Lyons told the state, "We just donít want people like (Eric) Rudolph, extremists, the terrorists in this country to profit from their activities," reported Agence France Presse.
Rudolph is charged with the January 1998 bombing of the New Woman All Women Health Care clinic that killed off-duty police officer Robert "Sande" Sanderson and injured Lyons, who has undergone 20 surgeries to remove bomb shrapnel from her face and body and also became blind in her left eye. Rudolph is also charged with the 1996 Olympic Park bombing and the bombing of a lesbian and gay nightclub in Atlanta.
Media Resources: Birmingham News 8/9/03; Associated Press 8/8/03; Agence France Press 8/8/03; Feminist Daily News Wire