SANTA ANA (CBS/AP) — An attorney for one of the eleven Muslim students charged with disrupting a speech by an Israeli official at the University of California, Irvine, says the Orange County district attorney should be removed from the case.

Dan Mayfield, an attorney of one of the students charged in the incident in February, said prosecutors illegally obtained search warrants and focused on his clients’ perceived religion by dubbing the case the “UCI Muslim case.”

Deputy District Attorney Dan Wagner says the allegations are not grounds to recuse his office.

The students appeared in a Santa Ana court Friday but their arraignment was delayed until April 15.

The students are charged with one count of misdemeanor conspiracy to disturb a meeting and one count of misdemeanor disturbance of a meeting

They were arrested on Feb 8, 2010, after shouting in protest at Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren’s speech, forcing him to halt his remarks.

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Comments (5)
  1. Laughing in el monte says:

    Everyone’s got a right to assemble and be heard. Do it with class and effectiveness. Funny how this happens around exam season.

  2. Dr. Tavo says:

    Those students should of acted like students and not RADICALS. For acting like that, it shows how educated they really are. I wish more guest speakers from Israel would come and bless us with their presences..

    1. Grammar Police says:

      I’m not choosing one side over the other, but you write “should of” instead of “should have” yet you call yourself a doctor?

  3. Irvine_girl says:

    It’s funny how these Muslim groups want to be heard, and want to be treated with respect, but then they disrupt others. These students and other protesters ruin it for those who want to protest in a civil and respectable way. many of the protesters weren’t even students. As a part of the Irvine community, I want to feel safe and protected. In this situation, I don’t feel safe. Additionally, the speakers that this particular Muslim group brought in to speak at UCI, are self-proclaimed Jihadists. I don’t want this type of activity in my community. Plain and simple. If their actions were unlawful, then they need to be punished by the legal system. If you don’t want any consequences for your actions, then don’t break the law. it’s very simple. I hope they get whatever it is they deserve. Here is the terror-supporter they brought on campus:

  4. drozone69 says:

    If we are to be fair we need to treat them not as goys.Give them the same preffrerential treatment granted hebrews.

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