Free speech: Students guilty of disrupting speech at University of California Irvine

A jury in Irvine, California found 10 Muslim students guilty of disrupting a speech by the Israeli ambassador at UC Irvine. They were sentenced to three years probation and 56 hours of community service.

One legal scholar said the students’ speech directed toward depriving another of First Amendment rights was not protected but felt the criminal misdemeanor charges were excessive after the university had disciplined the students. -db

From the Los Angeles Times, September 23, 2011, by Nicole Santa Cruz, Lauren Williams and Mike Anton.

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