Target: U.S. District Judge Lynwood Smith
Goal: Praise decision to withhold money from terrorist.
Terrorist bomber Eric Robert Rudolph tried to earn money from an autobiography he published from prison, but U.S. District Judge Lynwood Smith denied his request, according to an article in the Huffington Post. Judge Smith noted that Rudolph waived his right to any publication money in his plea agreement. Rudolph became infamous in the 1990s for a series of bombings that were motivated by his anti-abortion and anti-gay ideology.
Rudolph was raised in the heart of the Bible belt, and he grew up under the impression that his status as a white Christian male granted him superiority over others. According to the Anti-Defamation League, Rudolph had connections to a religious group known as Christian Identity, which promotes the idea that Jews are the descendants of Satan. The group is also known for taking an aggressive stance against homosexuality and abortion.
A fierce anger consumed Rudolph, and he wanted to take action against what he viewed as a corrupt society. According to the U.S Department of Justice, Rudolph was responsible for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing, which killed a bystander and injured more than 100 people. He was also responsible for attacks on abortion clinics and an Atlanta nightclub. At least one of these bombs was nested inside a bed of nails, designed to inflict maximum destruction. These incidents sparked an enormous manhunt, and Rudolph was eventually apprehended in 2003. CNN reports that he currently resides at the Supermax prison in Colorado, where he is serving 120 years, plus four consecutive life sentences.
Rudolph recently published his autobiography from prison, and he tried to earn money from it until federal authorities seized the earnings. Sign this petition to thank Judge Smith for his action against Rudolph’s request to keep the money.
Dear Judge Smith,
I would like to thank you for your action against the terrorist Eric Robert Rudolph, in which you denied him the right to earn money from his autobiography. As you know, Rudolph is an extremely dangerous man who was responsible for the 1996 Olympic Park bombing, and also planted bombs at abortion clinics and an Atlanta nightclub.
Rudolph is a deeply disturbed individual who should never be allowed to profit from his crimes. Furthermore, it is my belief that any money Rudolph earns should go toward the restitution he owes to the state of Alabama, as well as to the families of his victims. I trust that you and your colleagues will continue to do whatever is necessary to keep Rudolph from earning money from his book.
[Your Name Here]
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