SANTA ANA — Orange County prosecutors didn't flinch Friday when a group of university student activists charged with disturbing an Israeli ambassador's speech last year at UC Irvine brought more than 60 supporters with them to court, a contingent the activists hope to see them through the legal process.
Instead, prosecutors filed a motion to release grand jury transcripts from their investigation and handed the media copies of court filings illustrating point by point how the university students — since dubbed "the Irvine 11" — allegedly conspired to disrupt Ambassador Michael Oren's Feb. 8, 2010, speech at UCI, then cover it up afterward.
"They're caught red-handed," said Deputy Dist. Atty. Dan Wagner outside of the courtroom. "They very intentionally tried to shut down this meeting."