BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A judge refused to give Eric Rudolph's lawyers time for more polling of potential jurors as they try to prove his first bombing trial should be moved out of Birmingham and possibly the Southeast.
Facing a Friday deadline to file a motion seeking a change in the location of the case, Rudolph's attorneys sought an extension based on what they said was a need for additional surveys.
But U.S. District Judge Lynwood Smith rejected the request in a one-paragraph order filed Wednesday, saying he wasn't persuaded of the need for a delay.
Rudolph, 36, is set to stand trial Aug. 2 on federal death penalty charges in the 1998 bombing at Birmingham's New Woman All Women Health Clinic, which killed an off-duty policeman and critically injured a nurse.
Rudolph is also charged in the 1996 Olympic park bombing in Atlanta, where a woman was killed and dozens were hurt, and a pair of blasts in Atlanta in 1997.