Brooklyn Bridge OWS Arrestees May Turn Down Deal to Dismiss Trial

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 01:   Police arrest demonstrators affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement after attempting to cross the Brooklyn Bridge on the motorway on October 1, 2011 New York City. The highway is not intended for pedestrians, the marchers attempted to cross the bridge on the highway and were stopped on the middle of the bridge by police. Police were in the process of arresting hundreds of the protesters on the bridge. Occupy Wall Street demonstrators are opposed to outsized corporate profits on Wall Street..  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 01: Police arrest demonstrators affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement after attempting to cross the Brooklyn Bridge on the motorway on October 1, 2011 New York City. The highway is not intended for pedestrians, the marchers attempted to cross the bridge on the highway and were stopped on the middle of the bridge by police. Police were in the process of arresting hundreds of the protesters on the bridge. Occupy Wall Street demonstrators are opposed to outsized corporate profits on Wall Street.. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) Photo: Mario Tama/2011 Getty Images

The National Lawyers Guild, which is representing some of the more than 700 Occupy Wall Street protesters arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge in early October, says that some people in the group have decided to turn down a deal from the Manhattan District Attorney. The deal was offered to about half the arrestees, who were mostly charged with disorderly conduct. Instead of accepting the offer — in which Cyrus Vance's office would drop the charges against the protesters in six months if they don't get arrested again during that time period — they might want to take their chances at trial. "They’re more principled than a random 700 people that you would single out," explained lead attorney Martin Stolar, on why they're willing to risk the fifteen days of jail time or $500 fine. Or Martin just thinks he's got a good case and he's already laying the groundwork with reporters!

Earlier: 700 Wall Street Protesters Arrested on Brooklyn Bridge Yesterday
Wall Street Protesters May Ditch Deal to Dismiss Arrests in Favor of Trial [Bloomberg]