Tuesday's News: Update -- Greenwich First Amendment Case
Having once been charged with a misdemeanor for breaking Connecticut's environmental protection laws (a good story for another time), I can attest that fighting the criminal charge probably would mean hiring a lawyer to convince the prosecutor that you're basically a law-abiding citizen with no criminal record and that therefore the charge should be reduced to the equivalent of a traffic ticket, and that a small fine (in my case, $35) should be considered your debt to society.
For activists who are trying to make a point rather than simply stay out of trouble, the First Amendment route has the obvious advantage of possibly earning more attention for their cause.
Update: By way of clarification, Jess Eisen tells me that they'll have a lawyer for their criminal defense too. I assumed that if they had a civil liberties lawyer, they wouldn't also have a criminal lawyer.