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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Muslim 'students' found guilty of disrupting Oren's speech

Ten Muslim 'students' at the University of California at Irvine have been found guilty of disrupting free speech when they tried to prevent Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren from speaking on campus a year and a half ago. They have been sentenced to 56 hours of community service and three years of 'informal probation' (Hat Tip: Memeorandum).
Ten Muslim students convicted of disrupting a speech by the Israeli ambassador on a California university campus have been sentenced to 56 hours of community service and three years of informal probation.

Orange County Superior Court Judge Peter J. Wilson said Friday that the incident did not merit jail time and he added that the probation period would be reduced to one year if the community service is completed by the end of January 2012.

Earlier in the day, a jury convicted the students of disrupting the February 2010 speech by Ambassador Michael Oren and of conspiracy to disrupt.

They were charged with the misdemeanors after standing up, one by one, and shouting prepared statements.
That looks a light slap on the wrist to me, but since they're Muslims, the verdict is being greeted with outrage.
Reaction inside the Santa Ana courtroom for the so-called Irvine 11 verdict was one of shock and anger.

Some people began weeping, while 10 to 15 people stormed out in anger after all 10 students were found guilty of conspiring to disrupt and then disrupting a speech at UC Irvine last year by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren.

Judge Peter J. Wilson had cautioned the 150 people who packed the courtroom, "Please remain in control of your emotions at all times."

Shakeel Syed, executive director of the Islamic Shura Council, said, "Two words: absolutely unbelievable."

He said the verdict will have far-reaching ramifications.

"I believe the heart of America has died today," Syed said.

He added that he was "absolutely shocked" at the verdict and called it a "direct blow" to Muslims in Orange County.

"This is clearly an indication that Muslims are permanent foreigners, at least in Orange County," he said.

The six male and six female jurors deliberated for more than two days and on Thursday had requested the court clerk to read back transcripts of the testimony.
I would have given them jail time, because it would have sent a message.

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At 8:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judge Peter Wilson told the court that since the students had clean records and the disruption was "motivated by beliefs" and "not for the sake of disruption," imprisonment was not warranted.

too bad that the judge doesnt understand that their beliefs have to do with everyone who is not muslim being a dhimmi and they being allowed to do whatever they want to a dhimmi.

At 10:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh great. Their beliefs? What is this self-esteem reinforcement? It's true, your Honor, my client burned a cross on Mr. Ableman's porch and hurled a brick through his window, but my client was sincerely motivated by his beliefs....well, so was Son of Sam.

At 2:06 AM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Hmmm.... I'll go check what response to this is underway on UC San Diego websites...


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