Muslim college students convicted of disrupting speech

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Posted: Sep 23, 2011 3:08 PM
Muslim college students convicted of disrupting speech

SANTA ANA, Calif (Reuters) - Ten Muslim college students from Southern California were convicted on Friday of unlawfully disrupting a speech by Israel's ambassador to the United States last year.

The verdict followed two full days of deliberations by a six-man, six-woman jury in the case, which touched off a furor at the university over free speech rights.

Spectators began wailing in the packed courtroom when the verdicts were read by a court clerk, and about 50 people left the courtroom visibly upset.

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The defendants, who are all in their early twenties, could face jail terms.

(Reporting by Tori Richards; Writing by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)