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10 of 'Irvine 11' guilty

They are sentenced to involuntary probation and community service. Legal experts say prosecuting the students is going too far in a free speech rights case.

September 23, 2011|From the L.A. Times and Daily Pilot

UCI officials said they handled the case with on-campus discipline, arguing that prosecution went too far.

"UC Irvine, which fully and actively supports the lawful expression of free speech, completed its disciplinary procedures in this matter last year and considered those sanctions sufficient," said school spokesman Rex Bossert. "We nurture a campus climate that promotes robust debate and welcomes different points of view."

Aminah Galal, 22, vice president of the Muslim Student Union at UCI, crowded around a computer with about five other students to read the verdict on screen.

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"It was a shock," she said. "I think we were all speechless."

She said it's too early to tell what impact the case could have on campus.

"We're all trying to get our heads around what's going on," she said, adding that it could motivate people to educate others regarding the Palestinian conflict.

 

— Los Angeles Times Staff Writers Nicole Santa Cruz and Mike Anton and Daily Pilot Staff Writer Lauren Williams compiled this report

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