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'Irvine 11': Verdict lights up Twitter

September 23, 2011 | 12:21 pm

Twitter was alive with reaction -- sharp but mixed -- to an Orange County jury's decision Friday to find 10 Muslim students guilty of conspiring and then disrupting a February 2010 speech at UC Irvine by the Israeli ambassador to the United States.

PHOTOS: 'Irvine 11' trial

The case has drawn national attention over free-speech rights. Prosecutors argued that Ambassador Michael Oren was “shut down” when his speech was interrupted by students who took turns shouting preplanned phrases in a crowded UC Irvine ballroom. But defense attorneys argued the students were only following in the footsteps of generations of those who have staged college protests and that their clients were being singled out.

Here's a sampling from Twitter: