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‘Irvine 11’ students plan to appeal convictions

September 23, 2011 |  3:59 pm

Irvine 11 plan appeal
Attorneys for "Irvine 11" students convicted of disrupting a speech by the Israeli ambassador at UC Irvine said they plan to file an appeal and vowed that the case is far from over.

The controversial case, which many viewed as a fight over free speech, ended Friday with a guilty verdict for the students, but with a sentence of no jail time and three years’ informal probation.

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After the verdict, some of the students said they were proud of their convictions.

Khalid Akari said he "stood up against the face of oppression" in the Feb. 8, 2010, incident.

"I had a message that day, a peaceful message," he said.

Defense attorney Lisa Holder said she will be filing an appeal in the next 30 days.

"Ultimately we will appeal to the Supreme Court," she said.

She said people should be allowed to speak out against a controversial speaker.


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Photo: Four students, from left: Taher Herzallah, Mohammad Qureashi, Aslam Traina, and Mohamad Abdelgany pray outside court after being convicted of disrupting a speech by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren. Credit: Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press