A Kent State University professor says the five men accused of plotting to bomb the Route 82 bridge won't be successful if they try to claim entrapment by the FBI.
"These men clearly had intent," said Dr. Patrick Coy, director of Kent State University's Center for Applied Conflict Management. "They also didn't have the means. The FBI provided the means. Given their subsequent actions, I think it's going to be very difficult for these men to argue an entrapment case successfully."
The reference to subsequent actions stems from the alleged bombers' decision to plan and program what they thought was a working bomb.
Coy says there are numerous historical accounts where violence tarnished reputations of groups that were, by definition, non-violent. One of the suspects, according to Coy, tried unsuccessfully to rally Occupy Cleveland to engage in non-peaceful and potentially violent activities.
"To engage in petty violence and vandalism and advocate arrest and confrontation. That was turned away. The Occupy movement, or the people there, apparently said, 'No, we're not interested in that,' and they left disgusted," said Coy.
An attorney for one of the suspects said last week that his client was entrapped by the FBI.
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