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Crime Judge tosses conviction for activist who laughed at Sessions

19:00  15 july  2017
19:00  15 july  2017 Source:   ap.org

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A judge has thrown out a conviction and ordered a retrial for an activist after she laughed during the confirmation hearing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions , according to the Reuters news agency. Desiree Fairooz, a 61-year-old Code Pink member, was arrested in January after she laughed at the

A judge has thrown out a conviction for an activist who was arrested after laughing during Attorney General Jeff Session 's Senate confirmation hearing. July 15, 2017, at 11:23 a.m.

WASHINGTON — A judge has thrown out a conviction for an activist who was arrested when he laughed during Attorney General Jeff Session's Senate confirmation hearing.

Judge Robert Morin, the chief judge of the D.C. Superior Court, ordered a retrial for Desiree Fairooz on Friday.

Fairooz, of Bluemont, Virginia, laughed when a senator said Sessions had a record of "treating all Americans equally under the law" during a Jan. 10 hearing. She attended the hearing along with about two dozen other members of Code Pink, a progressive activists group.

According to a statement from the group, the judge said Fairooz should have been tried for speaking out as she was removed from the hearing room, not for laughing.

Court records show a new trial has been scheduled for September.

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