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Judge denies motion to dismiss case against ‘Irvine 11’ students

June 17, 2011 |  1:57 pm

College students demonstrate in February in front of the offices of the Orange County district attorney in Santa Ana, protesting against charges being brought against the 11 students who interrupted a speech by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren at UC Irvine last year.

A judge on Friday denied a motion to dismiss a case against students who disrupted a UC Irvine speech by the Israeli ambassador to the United States.

The defense argued that the misdemeanor charges brought against the students by the Orange County district attorney's office were unconstitutional.

The students, called the "Irvine 11," have pleaded not guilty. The next court hearing in the case is set for 10 a.m. June 30 at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana, the Daily Pilot reported.

The group disrupted Ambassador Michael Oren during a speech about American and Israeli relations on Feb. 8, 2010.

Both sides are arguing a free-speech case. The D.A. says the students denied the ambassador his right to speak; the students say they were practicing their 1st Amendment rights.

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-- Mona Shadia, Times Community News

Photo: College students demonstrate in February in front of the offices of the Orange County district attorney in Santa Ana, protesting against charges being brought against the 11 students who interrupted a speech by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren at UC Irvine last year. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

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