Updated 12/14/2011 10:37 PM
Slew Of Occupy Wall Street Protesters Appear In Court
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Nearly 200 Occupy Wall Street protesters were arraigned Wednesday on charges in connection with the demonstrations.
Most face charges including disorderly conduct and blocking traffic.
Sixty percent of the 161 people arraigned in Manhattan took the judge's offer to have their cases dismissed if they stay out of trouble for six months, though there is support for those choosing to fight the charges.
"I really admire that people are choosing to fight it if they believe the charges are in just," said one protester.
"They usually are processing people for quality of life crimes and today it's for Occupy Wall Street. It's a zoo in there," said one attorney.
Over 300 people in total are due in court this week to face charges.
Most of them are among the more than 700 arrested during a march on the Brooklyn Bridge.
Police say protesters ignored their warnings, but demonstrators argue they did not hear the warnings, and in some cases thought police were leading them onto the roadway.