A technical defense is one used by a defendant to seek acquittal based on the technicalities of the law. It is in contrast to a political defense which seeks to use political arguments to persuade a jury to nullify. Sometimes the desire to convince a jury on political and moral grounds is so strong that political defendants will reject a potent technical defense.
- Steven E. Barkan (Oct 1979), Strategic, Tactical and Organizational Dilemmas of the Protest Movement against Nuclear Power, 27 (1), Social Problems, pp. 19–37
- SE Barkan (1980), Political Trials and Resource Mobilization: Towards an Understanding of Social Movement Litigation, Social Forces