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UCI students who protested Israeli ambassador likely to face grand jury probe

January 29, 2011 |  8:56 am

The college students who interrupted Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren's speech last year at UC Irvine are likely to face a grand jury in the coming weeks, a lawyer representing some of the students said Friday.

Carol Sobel, an attorney representing six Muslim Student Union supporters, said her clients were subpoenaed this month and have testified to the Orange County Grand Jury. Grand jury proceedings are confidential and could lead to criminal charges.

KPCC radio broke the story on Thursday's "AirTalk" program, where hosts talked to Sobel and UCI's founding law school dean, Erwin Chemerinsky, about the possible charges facing the students.

"It's pretty much a certainty," Sobel said, later adding, "In light of the fact that all the physical evidence was available publicly, including video of the students engaging in the protest, I don't see what the secret goal of a grand jury is, except to file a felony conspiracy charge."

Read the Daily Pilot story here.

--Joanna Clay, Daily Pilot / Times Community News