Some of the so-called, Irvine 11, men who are accused of disrupting a speech by the Israeli ambassador to the U.S. at the University of California, at Irvine, await opening statements in their trial in Santa Ana, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. Charges are slated to be dismissed against co-defendant Hakim Nasreddine Kebir as long as he completes 40 hours of community service by next month. The other defendants are Mohamad Mohy-Eldeen Abdelgany, Khalid Gahgat Akari, Aslam Abbasi Akhtar, Joseph Tamim Haider, Taher Mutaz Herzallah, Shaheen Waleed Nassar, Mohammad Uns Qureashi, Ali Mohammad Sayeed, Osama Ahmen Shabaik, and Asaad Mohamedidris Traina. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
Today Jury deliberations begin in a case that has gotten quite a bit of media attention here in the Southland, the trial of the group known as the Irvine 11. There's actually only 10 defendants in the case. They're Muslim students accused of disrupting a speech by Israeli ambassador Michael Oren during a visit to campus last year. KPCC reporter Stephanie O'Neill has been in the courtroom and she brings us the latest on this story.
Stephanie O'Neill, KPCC reporter