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'Irvine 11' trial postponed

August 16, 2011 |  8:53 am

The trial for 11 college students accused of disrupting a public speech at UC Irvine was postponed until the end of the month because the attorneys were not ready.

Their trial for the misdemeanor charges was set to start Monday, but the Orange County District Attorney's office and defense attorneys said they needed more time, the Daily Pilot reported.

The so-called "Irvine 11" allegedly disrupted Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren's speech about American-Israeli relations in February 2010, prosecutors say.

The three students from UC Riverside and eight from UCI were members of Muslim student groups from both campuses.


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Photo: College students protest in February in front of the offices of the Orange County District Attorney's office in Santa Ana against possible charges being brought against the 11 students who allegedly interrupted a speech by Israeli ambassador Michael Oren. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times.