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Felony charges against student protesters at UC Irvine?

The Student Union on the UC Irvine campus.
The Student Union on the UC Irvine campus.
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Almost a year ago, Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren came to UC Irvine to give a speech on U.S. Israeli security. Oren was interrupted 10 times by student protesters while trying to give his speech before 500 people at the UCI Student Center. He took a 20-minute break after the fourth protest and then resumed his speech, only to be interrupted again every few minutes. Eleven students were arrested and the Muslim Student Union, which denies organizing the protest, was suspended for one year. Word has it that now the District Attorney of Orange County has convened a grand jury to look into conspiracy charges against the students. Is this excessive? Are the Muslim students being treated as any other protesters would?


Carol Sobel, attorney with Carol Sobel Law Offices in Santa Monica

Erwin Chemerinsky, Founding Dean, University of California, Irvine School of Law

Video courtesy Orange County Register