Thursday, January 31, 2013

Irvine 11 Appeal Conviction In Michael Oren Shoutdown

Back in 2010 during a speech at U.C. Irvine, Israel Ambassador Michael Oren was relentlessly heckled by a group of rowdy, disruptive, disrespectful Muslim students. They eventually left after some of them were escorted out. 11 of them- known as 'the Irvine 11'- were prosecuted for conspiring to disrupt and disrupting Oren's February 8, 2010 speech. Ten of them were convicted.

The students, who faced up to a year in jail on the misdemeanor counts, were sentenced to three years of probation, 56 hours of community service and fines. 
Naturally, there were the typical cries of Islamophobia, and claims that their free speech rights were violated, but no mention of the flagrant attempts to censor Michael Oren.

Now the Irvine 11 have just filed an appeal, after having completed their community service. Not sure what they hope to accomplish, it's quite evident in the video below they violated Oren's freedom of speech.

Hopefully they have learned that everyone has a right to speak, even those they disagree with, but somehow I doubt it.

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