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Irvine 11 becomes free-speech debate on Twitter

September 23, 2011 |  1:33 pm

This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.

Reaction to the Irvine 11 verdict has flooded Twitter since an Orange County jury found 10 Muslim university students guilty of conspiring and then disrupting a February 2010 speech at UC Irvine last year by the Israeli ambassador to the United States.

PHOTOS: 'Irvine 11' trial

While some praised the jury's decision, hundreds of Twitter users around the world condemned the verdict, saying it could have a chilling effect on free speech and questioning whether the verdict would have been the same had the defendants not been Muslim.

[For the Record: 1:37 p.m., Sept. 23: An earlier version of this post stated that 11 students had been found guilty in the Irvine 11 case. Ten students were found guilty. Charges against an 11th defendant had been tentatively dismissed before the trial, pending completion of community service.]