Caption: Howard Mechanic (center, holding book) in a hallway of the federal courthouse downtown during a break in a hearing on June 8, 1970. Mechanic, a student at Washington University, was accused of violating the federal anti-riot law for allegedly throwing a cherry bomb at police and firefighters during the violence at the ROTC building. Mechanic, 22, was from Cleveland. He was convicted on Oct. 22, 1970, and sentenced a week later to five years in federal prison. After his appeals were denied, he jumped bail and went underground in May 1972 rather than surrender to begin serving his time. Mechanic made his way to Arizona, where he lived for almost three decades under the alias Gary Tredway of Scottsdale. His secret unraveled in 2000 when he briefly was a candidate for Scottsdale City Council and had to admit to a local newspaper that he had lied about his birthplace, family and education. In September 2000, he pleaded guilty of failing to appear for his sentence and was sentenced to four months, to run concurrent with his delayed five-year term from 1972. He was pardoned by President Bill Clinton in January 2001. (Renyold Ferguson/Post-Dispatch)
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