by Kyle Swenson
Earlier this year, all eyes nationwide turned toward Cleveland after five self-professed anarchists were collared by the feds for allegedly plotting to send the Ohio 82 bridge sky high.
In anarchist circles, blowing bridges is like a big anti-establishment middle finger, and this was meant to express the Occupy outrage the plotters found in that movement but felt had yet to be — how should be say — emphatically communicated to the body politic. This was supposed to be a statement written in bridge rubble.
But as we know, the feds had a man on the inside, and the Cleveland Five were arrested after detonating a dub bomb. Whether or not the informant actually gently guided the five young ones toward terrorism — that will be the likely argument playing out in court between the defense and prosecution.
But at least one of the plotters has caved. According to the Plain Dealer, at a hearing today Anthony Hayne pleaded guilty to the charges and roll on the remaining four.
This makes some sense. At 35, Hayne has at least a decade on the oldest of the other defendants. He's also been churned through the criminal justice on a number of occasions.
Old cons know the score — that it's best to turn on your co-defendants rather than ride out a trial sharing the table together.