DOJ Actually Seeking Jail Time for Protester Who Laughed at Jeff Sessions’ Confirmation Hearing

DOJ Actually Seeking Jail Time for Protester Who Laughed at Jeff Sessions’ Confirmation Hearing

Code Pink activist Desiree Fairooz shouted and raised a protest sign as she was taken into custody at AG Jeff Session’s confirmation hearing. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Prosecutors with the Department of Justice are asking a D.C. judge to uphold the jury’s “guilty” verdict against a female activist who was arrested for laughing during Attorney General Jeff Session’s confirmation hearing earlier this year.

Code Pink activist Desiree Fairooz was taken into custody at the Senate hearing in January after she chuckled when one of  Sessions’ former colleagues asserted that the ex-Alabama Senator had a “clear and well-documented” record of “treating all Americans equally under the law” — despite the fact that Sessions was denied a federal judgeship in the 1980’s due his views on race.

Fairooz’s sentencing is scheduled for Friday, July 14, where she and two other Code Pink protesters could face up to a year in jail, according to Jezebel.

 

The activist asked the judge to scrap the jury’s verdict, and, through her lawyer, insisted that her “brief reflexive burst of noise” wouldn’t be enough to hold a conviction. In a court filing signed by by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly Paschall, however, The Huffington Post reported that the government argued that jury members “could reasonably infer the laugh was a deliberate disruption” and “intentional.”

Speaking on the condition on anonymity, jurors told the publication they’d focused more on Fairooz’s conduct after she was taken into custody, as the activist raised a protest sign and shouted as she was escorted out of the room by rookie Officer Katherine Coronado.

 

Another protester escorted out of Sessions hearing. Her original offense appeared to be simply laughing.

 

 

 

“We did not agree that she should have been removed for laughing,” the jury foreperson told The Huffington Post. “She didn’t get convicted for laughing. It was her actions as she was being asked to leave.”

 

Prosecutors disagreed, however, arguing that, “Fairooz’s yelling and sign display thereafter disrupted the hearing and clearly exceeded the permissible bound of the tourist test.” The aforementioned test refers to the guideline that requires the U.S. government to prove that a protester is being “more disruptive than those of tourists and others routinely permitted in the Capitol building or grounds.”

Fairooz’s attorney penned a letter ahead of the activist’s sentencing on Tuesday, July 11, asking the judge for a suspended sentence followed by a period of unsupervised probation for “the shortest period of time that the Court sees fit under the circumstances,” according to The Huffington Post.

It’s still unclear what position the government will take on what Fairooz’s punishment should be. As for the activist, she has no qualms about the matter.

“I don’t regret having laughed,” she told Jezebel after her conviction in May. “At the moment, I didn’t think anything was going to happen. I was charged with parading, but they paraded me. It was maddening. I was upset at that point and I thought this was unjust and that they were just making an example of me.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  Wow!  So true.  I'm trying but I still can't believe the things that coming out these folks mouth.    Trump calling his caught son a good boy while standing next to the President of France-which by the way is the same age as Trump's son.  I can't BELIEVE the open DENIAL of this administration when hand is deep in the cookie jar.  Too many examples to cite...even though the whole family being in the bed with Russia [during the campaign and after] keeps coming over and over.  However, again....I'm just delighted this is happening so early in the presidency.  We can see [even with some of the mistakes made] that my president was AWESOME!  When Michelle spoke at the ESPY awards....twitter/Instagram/facebook blew up!  Many were wishing both Michelle and my president were still in the white house.  Those wishes almost broke the internet.  So folks can say what they want....but!  The proof?  In the pudding.  And the pudding in this presidency....isn't so tasty.  But!

Perhaps the Disunited States can give the people the same HEALTH CARE John McCain's receiving for that blood clotted eye. That'll end this discussion. 50 years from now the movie's going to be a hoot about the entire U.S. administration that ended up in PRISON. Should bring in quite a few bucks. Too bad, I won't be here for the laughs.

O.J. I hope Nevada sets you free on the 20th and you get to go home with your family in October. Wishing you the best. Happy 80th Bill Cosby.

  I agree my sista.  The hammer is coming down HARD every where you turn this administration is getting BUSTED....either with funding the attorney prior to the campaign win, the meeting with Russia prior to the win-with a Russia attorney illegally coming in America to prep for that meeting[they are attempting to blame the Obama administration for letting her in], the connection between Putin and Islamic extremist Chechen President[whose country is killing homosexuals]-it's like having the mafia in the white house!   And Trump's tweets aren't making things better.     And let's not talk about his son....junior.  So it's a matter of time.  Folks forget there are a lot of WHITE folks who are against Trump [in America and outside] who will NOT allow him to take this country down....and most importantly most of the world is inside America via immigration.  So there are a lot of outsiders willing to go to the till against Trump cuz they have family in America who are taking care of them aboard.  The world is WRAPPED around America.  And the world, despite what many think, will FIGHT for America.  Cuz they know that there is a cancer in the white house.  Everybody knows that.  So when they say America is going down?  They are specifically talking about Trump and his camp.  And yes every day?  He going down lower and lower and lower until he splatters face down on the concrete ground.  One  mo thing....Trump has this made in America day week...but!  He openly ignore the fact that he and his daughter has products made in China.  Now if that ain't a lotta NERVE...I don't know what is.  And have the gall to get  mad if someone brings it up.  This ridiculous childish administration?  Is on its way to collapse.  Just hope folks are prepared when it happens to pick up the pieces and bring America back from its knees.  That's my only hope.  But!

Russia's a white country like America's a white country. White people don't get along worth a shit anywhere. They kill, slaughter, maim, drop bombs on each other's heads, chop heads off, have cooked each other in ovens. There's something insane about these bastards. I wish they'd NEVER been discovered fucking their dogs in the caves. They'd lock everyone of us in cages if they could; they're working on it.

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