Cleveland bridge bomb suspect allowed to represent himself

6:00 PM, May 22, 2013   |    comments
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AKRON, Ohio -- A federal judge will allow the last of five bridge bomb-plotting suspects in northeast Ohio to represent himself at trial.

U.S. District Court Judge David Dowd in Akron ruled Wednesday there's no reason to deny the request by 23-year-old Joshua Stafford, of Cleveland, whose trial is scheduled to start June 10.

Last month the judge ruled Stafford mentally fit for trial after hearing from psychologists who said Stafford is suicidal, depressed and wary of a dangerous world.

No bomb went off and no one was injured in the plot last year in which the intended target was the state Rte 82 highway bridge over the Cuyahoga Valley National Park between Cleveland and Akron.

The other four defendants have pleaded guilty and landed prison terms of six to 11 years.

The Associated Press

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