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Lawyer: Convicted Olympics bomber Eric Rudolph on hunger strike to protest prison treatment

A lawyer for Eric Rudolph says the imprisoned Olympics bomber claims to be on a hunger strike to protest his treatment behind bars.

Birmingham attorney Bill Bowen said Tuesday he received a letter from Rudolph last week saying he's stopped eating and is refusing medical treatment at the federal prison in Florence, Colo.

A prison system spokesman declined comment on Rudolph's condition or treatment.

A letter by Rudolph posted on an anti-abortion website claims he is being mistreated because he recently published a book and other writings from inside prison. Relatives and supporters take his messages and spread them.

The prison system spokesman says there's no rule against outsiders publishing materials written by inmates.

Rudolph pleaded guilty to bombing the 1996 Olympics park in Atlanta and a Birmingham abortion clinic.

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