And of course the ragheads scream “Islamophobia,” apparently in shock that they could be convicted of promoting hatred in the Muslim-sympathizing liberal state of California.
LA TIMES The students, who faced up to a year in jail on the misdemeanor counts, were sentenced to three years of probation, 56 hours of community service and fines. Each was convicted of one misdemeanor count of conspiring to disrupt Oren’s Feb. 8, 2010, speech and a second count for disrupting it.
Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas, who was in the courtroom for the verdict Friday, said the students’ behavior amounted to censorship and “thuggery.” “In a civilized society,” he said, “we cannot allow lawful assemblies to be shut down by a small group of people using the heckler’s veto.”
The verdict took the jury of six men and six women a little more than two days to reach, and reaction was swift.
“Absolutely unbelievable,” Shakeel Syed, executive director of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, said of the verdict. “I believe the heart of America has died today.(The heart of America lives. It’s you who should die)
“This is clearly an indication that Muslims are permanent foreigners, at least in Orange County.” (Yes, you are. Time to go home back you belong)
The mood was tense Friday when the jury filed into the Santa Ana courtroom with the decision. After the defendants waived their right to individual verdicts, Superior Court Judge Peter J. Wilson admonished the approximately 150 in attendance to maintain decorum.
“Please remain in control of your emotions at all times,” he said. That failed, however, to prevent a passionate response from the spectators when the verdict was read. A number of those in attendance wept, while more than a dozen stormed out in anger.
The defendants, however, showed little emotion: One bit his lip, another closed his eyes, a third winced. Only one, Mohammad Uns Qureashi, visibly shed a tear. When the jury was polled, the defendants stared back at them.