Thursday, September 22, 2011
Muslim students' speech trial goes to US jury
A jury has completed its first full day of deliberations in the trial of 10 Muslim students charged with disrupting a speech by an Israeli diplomat at the University of California, Irvine.
The Orange County Superior Court jury went home for the day Wednesday and will resume deliberations Thursday morning.
The jurors are deciding whether the students broke the law or were exercising a right to demonstrate when they shouted during Ambassador Michael Oren's February 2010 speech about U.S.-Israel relations.
The students face misdemeanor charges of conspiring to disrupt a meeting and disrupting a meeting. If convicted, they face sentences ranging from probation with community service and fines to a year in jail