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Judge Won’t Unseal Documents In Case Of Muslim Students Disrupting Speech

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Students gathered at a rally in front of the administration building at UC Irvine in support of the “Irvine 11,” the group of Muslim students who disrupted Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren’s speech on campus February 8, 2010. (credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

Students gathered at a rally in front of the administration building at UC Irvine in support of the “Irvine 11,” the group of Muslim students who disrupted Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren’s speech on campus February 8, 2010. (credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

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SANTA ANA (AP) —A judge has ruled that grand jury transcripts will remain sealed 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 reports that Superior Court Judge Peter J. Wilson made the ruling Thursday.

Because of a previously issued gag order in the case, neither side could comment.

The students have pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor conspiracy to commit a crime and misdemeanor disruption of a meeting. Each student allegedly stood up and spoke against Oren during a Feb. 8, 2010 speech before being escorted out by police.

Each defendant faces a maximum six months in jail if convicted.

A jury trial is scheduled to start Aug. 15.

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