Prosecuting the Irvine 11
Friday, September 30, 2011
In February of last year, a group of Muslim students on the University of California Irvine campus disrupted a speech by Michael Oren, the Israeli ambassador to the US. The university punished the students, but the "Irvine 11" also faced criminal charges, and last Friday 10 of them were convicted of conspiracy and disturbance of a meeting. Bob spoke with Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, who explained why his office decided to prosecute, and with the Dean of the UC Irvine School of Law, Erwin Chemerinsky, who says the student outburst was not protected by the First Amendment, but prosecuting them went too far.