California: Jury Finds Muslim Students Guilty of Disrupting Israeli Diplomat’s UC Irvine Speech

Excellent news!—And, from a Californian jury, too, if you can believe it!  What do you know, pigs can fly!

Muslim students guilty of disturbing speech

By VIK JOLLY and LARRY WELBORN / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

SANTA ANA – A jury Thursday found 10 Muslim university students guilty of disrupting a speech by an Israeli diplomat at UC Irvine last year, in a case that focused on free speech.

The six-man, six-woman jury found the students guilty on all counts of misdemeanor disturbing a public meeting and conspiracy in connection with the Feb. 8, 2010, talk by Michael Oren, the Israeli ambassador to the United States.

“We’re delighted the jury saw this the same way we saw it,” said Assistant District Attorney Dan Wagner.

The prosecution said the defendants used a “heckler’s veto” to thwart the free speech rights of the speaker and others in the audience, while the defense countered what the protesters did was a lawful expression of their free speech.

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Wagner told jurors the protesters actions amounted to censorship when they planned to disrupt Oren and tried to cover it up.

The right to free speech is not absolute, he said, and it does not include canceling out the speech of others.

“If heckler’s veto was allowed, then no one would have the right to free speech,” he said. “Freedom does not mean that no one can tell me what I can do. That’s not freedom; that’s anarchy.”

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Defense attorney Jacqueline Goodman referred to the students as “heroes” who acted in the “tradition of the finest American political activists.”

“On a college campus we’re going to let them criminalize dissent?” she said in her closing arguments. “What are we doing?”

“There was a disruption,” Goodman acknowledged. “But it was not substantial in the context of a political speech.”

Wagner argued it would not have mattered if the defendants had read from the phone book or shouted “Mickey Mouse” during Oren speech, because it was their conduct – and not the content – that forced Oren off the stage.

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The “intent of the conspiracy was to rob the speaker of his free speech rights,” Wagner told jurors, adding that a planned Q&A would have given students ample opportunity to have their say, not yelling out “something non-responsive that violates the rules we all live with.”

When in an emailed “game plan” before the event students expressed willingness to disrupt regardless of what the university officials and police would do, that Wagner said was proof of conspiracy and the unlawfulness of the plan.

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7 Comments on “California: Jury Finds Muslim Students Guilty of Disrupting Israeli Diplomat’s UC Irvine Speech”

  1. tgusa Says:

    This isn’t a pigs fly moment it was completely predictable due to the demograpics of the area. We ain’t in Oakland my man. In spite of the msm meme Ca is not one big leftist playpen. This, like many other areas of the state not only support the Constitution but the people there can also read and comprehend the Constitution as well..Should I judge all of flyover country just because they were electing democrats long before the west coast was electing democrats? No, that would be wrong and well, un-Amercian. I feel as if it had spread here not the other way round. Out here is where the real battle is being waged but its too bad much of the rest of the country blindly follows the msm meme. Liberalism is a mental disorder watch out you don’t get afflicted by it.

    Freedom of speech thought and opinion but not as a means to deny the same freedom to others. This was not about freedom but obstruction of freedom and Constitutional rights. As the jury has shown, its real simple.

  2. Leatherneck Says:

    It will get worse. Everywhere Islam goes, they produce hate, and discontent. I can not stand moon god worship.


  3. So let me get this straight…

    An Israeli politician comes to deliver a speech…

    According to muhammads system that Jews are supposedly related to muslims and yet…

    These 20 something muslim / leftist idiots cant bother to listen to what he has to say. They have to waste the time of the people there with meaningless drivel about how thier ‘palestinian’ brothers are victims not of Judaism or Israelis but thier own idiotic religious / political system.

    Of course they cant realize the truth of it…

  4. tgusa Says:

    Now that the 10 terror supporters have made themselves well known over this misdemeanor I suppose the O C Sherriff will understand that there is a nest around somewhere.

  5. Gonzo Says:

    I see CAIR is doing it best to feign shock and disgust.

    In a prepared statement, Hussam Ayloush, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations – “No topic should be off limits and no public official or country should be above criticism.

    LOL, unless of course, that topic should be about islam, radical clerics, and an investigation in to why hate speech is propagated in Wahhabi funded mosques that are popping up all over the USA, and other parts of the world – financed in major part by the Saudi royal family. Then such topic is strictly off topic to CAIR.

    What a bunch of hypocrites.

    http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Musilm-Groups-Appalled-by–Irvine-11–Guilty-Verdict–Declare-Travesty-of-Justice.html?soid=1101985697883&aid=p7LrDyGOPbw

  6. Big Frank Says:

    The leftist lackeys and lapdogs of Islam, can never have an intelligent or rational discussion or listen to an opposing view. True to their street Communist and Nazi tactics they always attempt to intimidate and silence all views contrary to theirs.

  7. Leatherneck Says:

    Muhammad murdered a whole tribe of Jews. I guess Islam is following Muhammad their perfect boy lover.

    Moon god worship is a curse on the world.


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