|Author/Contributor(s):||Collective, Tilted Scales|
The courtroom is always political. How lawyers can best represent radical defendants and their movements.
Representing Radicals helps lawyers understand ways to work with radical defendants, with an explicit focus on how to help them achieve ends that go beyond traditional legal goals. For example, many radical defendants want to use their trials to discuss political issues even if doing so could lead to a conviction when a standard criminal defense might lead to an acquittal. Understanding radical defendants' goals and political priorities is a crucial part of providing them with the most robust criminal defense while helping them strengthen and defend their social movements. This book and its precursor, A Tilted Guide to Being a Defendant, are based on the Tilted Scales Collective's belief that lawyers and radical defendants can work together in shared struggle in ways that strengthen movements when fighting criminal charges.