Our court system depends heavily on assumption that most people will take a plea deal rather than go to trial. Accused criminals who actually demand a trial are ruthlessly punished for thinking that they should enjoy their constitutionally guaranteed rights. So fight it by using the system's weaknesses against it!
That's what the arrested Occupy Wall Street protestors are doing. They are telling the Manhattan DA that unless the ridiculous charges are dropped, they will all fight the accusations in court -- and Manhattan courts are already creaking under the weight of the system's excesses. They can't handle more.
"I'd like to suggest to the DA's office the appropriate way to deal with these cases is outright dismissal," said defense lawyer Martin Stolar.
"The leverage is, we take them all to trial."
Stolar and other members of the civil rights-focused National Lawyers Guild plan to meet today with prosecutors from Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr.'s office to lay out their position.
Don't play the game the way they want you to play it; play it the way you want and in whatever way is most inconvenient for them. The more people who do this, the faster the system's own flaws will bring it down.