Judge Relents On Sept. 11 Trial In Ohio Bomb Plot

A judge has agreed to push back by a week the trial of five men connected to a plot to blow up a Cleveland-area bridge.(Photo: Flickr)
A judge has agreed to push back by a week the trial of five men connected to a plot to blow up a Cleveland-area bridge.(Photo: Flickr)

The trial for five men charged with plotting to bomb an Ohio bridge was pushed back a week from Sept. 11 after the defense complained the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks would highlight terrorism concerns and taint the jury.

Judge David Dowd in Akron agreed Thursday to move the trial to Sept. 17. He also must consider a defense request to hold the trial away from Cleveland and Akron.

The highway bridge targeted by the alleged bomb plot sits between the two cities in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

The suspects are described by the government as self-proclaimed anarchists. They have pleaded not guilty.

Authorities said they arrested the men last month when they tried to detonate what was actually a fake explosive provided by a paid FBI informant.

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