Three anarchists plead guilty to Ohio bridge-bombing plot

<table><tr><td>From <a href="http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/09/06/13696378-three-anarchists-ple... News</a>

Three self-described anarchists pleaded guilty on Wednesday in an Ohio federal court to plotting to blow up a four-lane highway bridge near Cleveland in April, authorities said.

Douglas Wright, 26, Brandon Baxter, 20, and Connor Stevens, 20, all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and attempted use of an explosive device to destroy property used in interstate commerce, authorities said in a statement.

The three guilty pleas came before U.S. District Judge David Dowd Jr., who expects to sentence the men in November.

All three had been scheduled to face trial on September 17.</td><td><img title="so fracken sad" src="http://anarchistnews.org/files/pictures/2012/pengion.jpg"></td></tr></ta...
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Five men in all were accused of plotting to blow up a bridge 30 miles south of Cleveland that runs through Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
A fourth suspect, Anthony Hayne, 35, pleaded guilty in July to the attempted attack and agreed to testify against the others. The fifth suspect, Joshua Stafford, is undergoing competency testing.

<p>In July, Hayne said he understood his plea meant that he would face more than 15 years in prison and possible probation for life.</p><p>On Wednesday, lawyers for Wright, Baxter and Stevens argued that their clients should not face enhanced sentences on the charges. The so-called terrorism enhancement calls for a minimum sentence of 30 years in prison and up to life.</p><p>Without the enhancement penalty, the three men face a minimum of five years in prison.</p><p><strong><a target="_blank" href="http://www.wkyc.com/news/article/259528/45/Akron-3-men-plead-guilty-in-b... station WKYC</a></strong> reported:</p>
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<p>With short haircuts, and clean shaven, the men looked far different at Wednesday's hearing than they did in the mugshot photos from their arrests.</p>
<p>"The bottom line was he wanted to get the least amount of time," said Defense Attorney Terry Gilbert, of his client Connor Stevens.&nbsp;</p>
<p>"You just don't know what a jury is going to do," said John Pyle, who represented Brandon Baxter.</p>
</blockquote><p>An undercover FBI agent sold the men inoperable detonators and plastic explosives and authorities arrested them on April 30 after determining that they planned to proceed with the attack.</p><p><strong>Occupy Cleveland rally<br /></strong>According to an FBI affidavit, authorities paid a criminal informant more than $5,000 as part of their investigation into the group, when the informant met the five men at an anti-Wall Street Occupy Cleveland rally in October 2011.</p>
<p>The Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge crosses over the Cuyahoga Valley National Park between Cleveland and Akron.</p></div><p>U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach told reporters after the hearings on Wednesday that his office was not spying on protest groups such as Occupy and did not entrap the five men.</p><p>"Make no mistake; it was their plot," Dettelbach said.</p><p>Defense attorneys had questioned the role of the paid informant and plan to raise those questions again at sentencing.</p><br><a href=http://twitter.com/NBCNewsUS class="twitter-follow-button">Follow @NBCNewsUS</a><p>Speaking <strong><a target="_blank" href="http://www.wkyc.com/news/article/259528/45/Akron-3-men-plead-guilty-in-b... NBC station WKYC</a></strong>, Stevens' mother Gail Stevens described the FBI's involvement in the case as "freaking evil."</p>

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Atlanta is on point with their analysis per usual: Don’t do anything illegal.

the local news link is a better article.

"All three had been scheduled to face trial on September 17." Another reason to up the bloc on S17 in NYC

unrelated symbolism ftw?

poor guys, I don't know why the plead for such a huge sentence

noob

September 17 not only will we blockupy with solidarity to OWS...but solidarity in this case as well. We stand with all politcal prisoners and those seeking freedom and chaned...

^ *change

Seeking Freedom by pleading guilty!!!!!!!!!

Wow, fuckadat once snitch.

Cleveland 4 Continue Fight for Justice in Entrapment Case After Guilty Pleas
http://www.cleveland5justice.org/blog/cleveland-4-continue-fight-justice...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 5, 2012

Contact:
Joshua Ehrlich - 216-308-1612 (cell)
Jamie Carter - 216-912-8070 (home)
Cleveland 4 Support Committee
cleveland4solidarity@riseup.net

Cleveland 4 Continue Fight for Justice in Entrapment Case After Guilty Pleas

This Wednesday, three of the four young men known as the "Cleveland 4," Brandon Baxter, Doug Wright and Connor Stevens, entered into a non-cooperating plea agreement for all counts of the charges brought against them, but not to the government’s terrorism enhancement. The Cleveland 4 Support Committee continues to support Brandon, Doug, Connor and Josh during this time.

The sentencing for these three will not occur until after a hearing scheduled for November 5th and 6th. at which point Brandon, Doug and Connor will still have the opportunity to present evidence in court regarding unlawful entrapment actions by the FBI. Their sentence could range from five years to three lifetimes, with the defense and prosecution differing over the how federal sentencing guidelines would apply.

“We are distraught to see them plead guilty to these charges,” said Joshua Ehrlich of the Cleveland 4 Support Committee. “It is disturbing to see this situation unfold knowing that the FBI manufactured and carried out this so-called plot by means of coercion and manipulation.” The FBI has a long history of using counterintelligence tactics like infiltration, disruption and entrapment to undermine movements for social change. The government is also known for using such tactics to prey on those who are young, vulnerable and economically marginalized in order to carry out their political agenda.

Although claims of terrorism have been made against the defendants, the Cleveland 4 Support Committee believes that the actual terrorism has been perpetuated by the U.S. government against the public and those working for social change through movements like Occupy Wall Street. "This is not a case about homegrown terrorism, like the government would have us believe," said Julia Boyd of the Cleveland 4 Support Committee. "This is a case that was manufactured and carried out by the FBI in order to undermine political resistance in the United States and to satisfy a quota in its so-called war on terror."

“These boys, who gave their lives to preserving affordable housing and fighting the epidemic of foreclosures, are facing the possibility of three life sentences, which is a terrifying prospect,” said Ehrlich. “The sentences they are threatened with are dramatically inflated due to post-9/11 sentencing guidelines designed to criminalize political dissent.”

According to the Cleveland 4 Support Committee, the defendants are facing a criminal justice system that penalizes people for going to trial and rewards them for pleading guilty, even when those defendants know they are innocent. As a result, more than 90 percent of federal cases never go to trial. “These boys are facing charges which, due to the sensational nature of the alleged crimes, are almost impossible to beat, regardless of whether government misconduct created this situation,” continued Ehrlich.

The defense has consistently argued that Brandon Baxter, Connor Stevens, Douglas L. Wright, and Joshua Stafford were entrapped by Shaquille Azir, 39, a paid FBI informant with a long criminal history. In addition to employing some of the defendants to do manual labor work for months in advance of the arrests, Azir is also being accused of supplying them with alcohol and illicit pharmaceutical drugs. Azir is even accused of threatening one of the defendants for wanting to pull out shortly before the arrests.

Notably, in almost all contemporary terrorism-related cases, law enforcement itself has supplied the materials to make the fake or real incendiary devices defendants are accused of conspiring to use. The Cleveland case is no exception. Azir and the FBI supplied the fake C-4 and other materials to help advance the law enforcement-initiated plan. However, these details are sidestepped by sensationalized prosecutions intent on discrediting political dissidents by associating so-called "terrorism" crimes with "anarchism" and the Occupy movement.

Joshua Stafford, a fourth defendant in the case, is undergoing a mental health evaluation. His trial has been indefinitely postponed.

Anthony Hayne, the fifth of the accused, pled guilty to all charges in July in a cooperating plea agreement.

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The Cleveland 4 Support Group is a group of friends, family, and community members of the defendants facing federal terrorism charges for allegedly trying to destroy a bridge with explosives on April 31st, 2012. While this case has been portrayed as story of "home grown terrorists," the truth is that this is an FBI-manufactured plot, continuing their long history of deliberate attacks on social justice movements.
More information is available at http://cleveland4solidarity.org

listen people if you are going to plan this kind of action, you MUST DO YR HOMEWORK!this should not be an 'IMPULSE OR KNEE-JERK REACTION' you HAVE TO BE COMMITED TO THIS AS MUCH AS A NAVY SeAL, or a SPECIAL FORCES, OR FKN CHE GUEVERRA! IT IS GOING TO TAKE TIME AND INTEL!INTEL! INTEL! THERE IS NO ROOM FOR ERROR! DESTROY PROPERTY NOT PEOPLE! YOU MUST KNOW YR SOURCES! YOU MUST BE MENTALLY TUFF (SIC) AND PREPARED TO FACE TORTURE AND LONG PRISON! THIS REPLY IS NOT A JOKE, NOT A TROLL, IT IS SERIOUS CRITIQUE. IF YOU ARE GOING TO DO THIS STUFF YOUR GROUP MUST BE WATER TIGHT AS A FROG'S ASS! Above ALL DO NOT SELL UP TO GET FRREEDOM! DO NOT SELL OUT YR MATES! AND DONT WORK WITH MATES WHO HAVE SOMETHING TO LOSE! NO GIRLFRIENDS OR BOYFRIENDS OR LOVERS! EMOTION MUST BE CONTROLLED.

GREAT ADVICE FOR A CAPS COP!

EMOTION MUST BE CONTROLLED

let's get anti-judicial! http://325.nostate.net/?p=3743

WHY DID YOU PLEAD GUILTY I DON'T UNDERSTAND?

Look, the prosecutor will be scary and tell you some scary shit but you gotta stand up to the bastard when you're innocent. You gotta. That's what I did, and my case was dropped....! (Different circumstance, but still)

You poor things...

"U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach told reporters after the hearings on Wednesday that his office was not spying on protest groups such as Occupy and did not entrap the five men.

"Make no mistake; it was their plot," Dettelbach said."

GO FUCK YOURSELF YOU FASCIST PIECE OF CUNT EXCREMENT.

^Misogynist insult.^

Not just misogynist, but seriously ignorant too; excrement comes out of an asshole. Like that post.

Who is the asshole the post came out of? Your asshole apparently.

Yep, follow the smell.

"A fourth suspect, Anthony Hayne, 35, pleaded guilty in July to the attempted attack and agreed to testify against the others" = SNITCH!

One again, someone, in this case the oldest with the least time to lose, chumps out and tattles on his friends, There is absolutely NO excuse for snitching on your own people, not even if you will be sent to Gitmo and executed if you don't!

Don't accept sensitive information if you can't take it to your grave, to jail, or both.

15 years. If you're going to plea for that much time, better just kill someone.

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