“Code Pink” Activists Could Face Jail Time For Disruption Of Sessions’ Hearing

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On Jan. 10, a contentious Senate confirmation hearing regarding the nonination of former Republican Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general in the Trump administration was disrupted by three protesters involved with the liberal Code Pink organization, and they just had their day in court.

According to Fox News, activist Desiree Fairooz, who was dressed as a pink version of the Statue of Liberty, let out a loud laugh when Republican Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby introduced with high praise his good friend and fellow Alabaman Sessions, which prompted her removal from the proceedings by police officers.

As the officers attempted to escort Fairooz out of the proceedings, she began hollering and creating a disruption, resulting in her being charged and now convicted for disorderly conduct and demonstrating on Capitol grounds.

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According to The New York Times, the 61-year-old Fairooz, along with two other protesters who dressed as Ku Klux Klan members at the hearing, were convicted by a jury on Wednesday and face up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine, depending upon the outcome of a sentencing hearing scheduled for June 21.

The three protesters had entered not guilty pleas and rejected a deal that would have avoided trial.

Fairooz claimed to have only spontaneously giggled and not disrupted the hearing, but prosecutors argued differently, asserting that she “let out a loud burst of laughter, followed by a second louder burst of laughter.” As police attempted to escort her from the room, she “grew loud and more disruptive, eventually halting the confirmation hearing,” according to the court papers.

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While much of the liberal media has tried to make a big deal out of this verdict, alleging that Fairooz was prosecuted solely for laughing out loud at Sessions, members of the jury told The Huffington Post that it was her disruptive and uncooperative actions while being escorted out that resulted in her conviction, not the initial laughing.

“She did not get convicted for laughing. It was her actions as she was being asked to leave,” the jury foreperson said.

The foreperson indicated that while some members of the jury felt that Fairooz should never have even been removed for the bit of laughter, her actions immediately afterward and the laws as written left very little wiggle room for them to avoid convicting her.

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Had she remained silent as she was escorted out, she likely wouldn’t have even been charged with anything, much less convicted, the foreperson suggested.

“Ms. Fairooz’s comments as she was being escorted out caused the session to stop,” the foreperson said. “It disrupted the session.”

It remained unclear at this time exactly what sort of sentence Fairooz and the other protesters will receive, and though they could get up to a year in jail and a fine, actually serving time in jail seems rather unlikely in this particular case.

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