The outcome of this case is not likely to be known any time soon. The trial is, of course, not expected to even begin until the fall of next year. But Judge Engelmayer, who has presided over other gang-related cases, seemed to expect that some or all of the defendants will plead out before the proceedings even start.

Shotti, despite the judge's prognostication, appeared unbowed. "We don't fold, we don't bend, we don't break," he said as the courtroom was emptying out. "It's Tr3yway."