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Guilty verdict in the "Irvine 11" case




Some of the so-called 'Irvine 11' who are accused of disrupting a speech by the Israeli ambassador to the U.S. at the University of California, at Irvine.
Some of the so-called 'Irvine 11' who are accused of disrupting a speech by the Israeli ambassador to the U.S. at the University of California, at Irvine.
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The jury spent days deliberating in the case of 10 students (11 were originally charged, but one of those cases was dropped) accused of disrupting a speech at UC Irvine by the Israeli ambassador to the United States. The case has stoked a spirited debate about free speech not just in the courtroom, but on campuses and in communities. Jurors were asked to decide whether students broke the law or were exercising a right to demonstrate freely. The students were facing misdemeanor charges of conspiring to disrupt a meeting and disrupting a meeting. If convicted, they could face sentences ranging from probation with community service and fines to a year in jail. What’s your reaction to the decision? What will the implications be for college campuses?

Guests:

David A. Lehrer, President of Community Advocates Inc, a non-profit that advocates innovative approaches to human relations and race relations in the Los Angeles area; former head of the Anti-Defamation League

Salam Al-Marayati, President, Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)

Shirley Jahad, KPCC Reporter