A New Jersey physician who was active in the Occupy Wall Street movement in 2011, faces the next 25 years in federal prison, after being convicted of hoarding bomb-making materials and assault weapons in his apartment in Ridgeway.
Doctor Roberto Rivera, referred to by East-coast news media as the "Bomb Doc" after his exploits became known, was found guilty last month in a jury trial in Bergen County.
"I'm glad that at last the youth of America is able to stand on two feet and take a position that millions of people around the world have taken. That they will not be intimidated by the capitalist free market paradigm and they will fight against gross inequality in distribution of income and assets,"
Rivera, age 60, was originally arrested 6 years ago, after police raided his home and found weapons of terrorism. The case literally involved 3 trials. A mistrial was declared during the daffy doctor's first trial, when the judge learned that one member of the jury had performed online research on bomb-making at home.
In his second trial, Rivera was found guilty in November, of owning "devices of mass destruction," He was finally also convicted on illegal weapons possession in January.
The case began following a 2012 raid on Rivera’s home, where federal agents uncovered large storage containers of potassium perchlorate, nitric acid and glycerin, along with explosive detonators hidden in his attic. Investigators reported the items recovered were "precursor chemicals" that when combined, form explosives. Police discovered instructions on how to make nitroglycerin as well as a diary that revealed his plan to attack unnamed members of the public. They also found items for disguise -a wig, gloves and sunglasses.
Daffy Doc Rivera was known to be a strange character, well before his 2012 arrest. At age 16 he actually robbed a bank, but was found "not guilty" due to mental incompetence. That made him a perfect candidate, apparently, for medical school, and he was accepted. After graduation he was employed as an emergency room MD at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City.
During his trials he fired his court-appointed attorney and represented himself, He refused to wear a coat and tie and told the judge he preferred to wear his orange prison jumpsuit.
On several occasions this lab coat lunatic actually sat in the witness stand in court and questioned himself. Yes, indeed. Who better to interrogate a mad-bomber than the mad-bomber himself.
You just have to wonder if he was even slightly skeptical of his own testimony. Because if he was, he could legally shout out something any jury would love to hear, just once in their lives:
"Objection, your Honor. I'm out of order!"
The charges stemmed from a 2012 raid on Rivera’s home, where federal agents uncovered large, labeled boxes of nitric acid, glycerin and potassium perchlorate, along with 10 detonators found in his attic and basement. Authorities did not find a functioning bomb, but authorities said the materials were "precursor chemicals" that