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Irvine 11 Team Appeals Conviction

​​Just as they proclaimed they'd do after hearing the guilty verdict last month, the 'Irvine 11' defense team has filed appeals on behalf of the 10 students convicted of disrupting a speech by Israeli ambassador Michael Oren

Attorneys contend that the California law used to convict the students is unconstitutional because it censors free speech, a right that the U.S. Constitution protects. 

No matter the outcome, the appeal will not impact the sentence given by Judge Peter Wilson--56 hours of community service, fines and probation, the Los Angeles Times reports. 

The Orange County District Attorney's office is expected to file a response to the appeal.

This week, ASUCI, UC Irvine's student government, unanimously

passed legislation in support of the Irvine 11

, stating that it holds "the OCDA accountable for wrongfully prosecuting students for peaceful protest and democratic participation."


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