SANTA ANA (AP) — A judge has issued a gag order in the case of 11 Muslim students charged with disrupting a speech given by an Israeli ambassador last year on the University of California, Irvine campus.

The Orange County Register says a judge granted a defense motion on Friday seeking to stop prosecutors from making any more public statements about the case.

Lawyers for 11 current and former UC students sought in February to remove county prosecutors from the case, arguing that they referred to the case internally as the “UCI Muslim Case,” a term they say is evidence of religious bias.

The district attorney’s office denies having any religious or ethnic bias.

The students have pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor conspiracy to commit a crime and misdemeanor disruption of a meeting.

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Comments (9)
  1. Ed D says:

    Incredible! The very same Muslims who made it a religious issue by being sarcastic, venemous animals, are now upset because they reference the very same thing that these fools are standing up for? It has always been a Muslim against all others issue! Muslims hate the world because the world is not entirely Muslim! The sad thing is that Muslims hate other Muslims just as much!

  2. albert wallace says:

    The DA is making a big deal out of a misdemeanor, and so are the ragheads. It is OK for them to disrupt a meeting, but don’t tread on them. They are all a bunch of radicals, no wonder “we” don’t like them, both male and female.

    1. WJC says:

      Well said, albert and Ed!

      My comment was not allowed to be posted, must have been to close to the truth about how inflammatory the extreamists are and do not like it when they are held to the same standards.

      I did try to be PC.

      Welcome to America!

  3. Chajo says:

    These comments are just as prejudiced as the radicals. How can you label any group you do not know? Have you talked to these students or lived with them? An open mind is the true sign of spiritual people, not their religion. The old saying ” never judge a book by it’s cover” is still wise today. Thes biased comments will not help in finding a solution to the case presented.

    1. Laughing in el monte says:

      disrupting a public assembly is restricting freedom of speech for those who wanted to hear the politician from Israel. Creating that sort of public disturbance is a crime. Intent makes it a felony charge. Do the math: Muslim or not, these students were being punks who couldn’t possibly have hoped to accomplish anything meaningful as they avoided reasoned dialogue and initiated a shouting match. That is behavior for a schoolyard sandbox.

  4. bs says:

    I suspect none of these comments would have been made if it had been Jewish students disrupting a Muslim speaker. Then they would have been “heroic defenders of freedom.”

    1. WJC says:

      No bs,

      It goes both ways, I only call it like I have lived it. Most people that act like the UCI students did in this case are extreamests/radicals. No room here for garbage like that. Jewish, Muslim, Christian, no matter who.

  5. Borsia Novak says:

    Bouncing them to their beloved Muslim countries will go a long way toward explaining that freedom of speech means everyone has a right to speak whether they like it or not. And that it doesn’t mean freedom to disrupt others.
    I’m sure they will enjoy the freedoms offered by Muslim countries.

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