Posted on Oct 19, 2011 in Blog
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
10/19: Irvine 11 Attorneys File Notices of Appeal
(ORANGE COUNTY, CA, 10/19/11) – On September 23, 2011, ten students, commonly dubbed the “Irvine 11,” were found guilty on two misdemeanor counts: conspiracy to disrupt a meeting and disruption of a meeting. The eleventh student, who was arrested as he was leaving the lecture hall with dozens of other protestors, had his charges dismissed earlier upon completion of community service hours. Today, Irvine 11 defense attorneys filed notices of appeal to contest the students’ convictions.
“These students protested for no more than a few minutes in a manner consistent with the norms of student protest at universities. They did not engage in violent conduct or express hate speech. Their prosecution was selective and discriminatory and we are hopeful that the court will overturn their convictions on appeal,” stated defense attorney Dan Stormer.
The students were sentenced to fines, 56 hours of community service, and 3 years of informal probation (reduced to one year if completed by January of 2012). They will be completing some of their community service hours alongside supporters in an upcoming Solidarity Service Day.