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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Comments (2)
  1. The Mad Man says:

    ‘misdemeanor conspiracy to commit a crime and misdemeanor disruption of a meeting.'[ AND this requires the transcripts to be sealed? WHY? Six months for a misdemeanor?

  2. ariel says:

    everyone knows that there is no such thing as free speech in arab ruled countries.. for free speech in the middle east, you’d have to go to israel for that.
    i have seen how these students operate and while they attempt to pass their seething jew hatred into a more palatable anti-israeli hood wink, we all know what their ultimate goal is… a jew free middle-east.

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