NEW YORK, Dec. 29 (UPI) — A lawyer for two of six New York men issued summonses for playing chess in a kids-only area of a park said his clients turned down a plea deal out of principle.
Three of the men arrested Oct. 20 for using the built-in chess tables at Inwood Hill Park’s playground area received adjournments in contemplation of dismissal Tuesday. The charges of failure to comply with signs will be dropped if they stay out of police trouble for six months, the New York Post reported Wednesday.
Another of the men was a no-show in summons court and the two who decided to go to trial could face a $1,000 fine and up to 90 days in jail if found guilty.
“They want to go to trial,” said civil-rights attorney Norman Siegel, who is representing the men. “They feel the charges against them should be dismissed.”
The men were accused of failing to comply with a sign in the area stating adults are allowed in playground areas only when accompanied by a child under the age of 12.