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Virginia woman convicted for laughing during Jeff Sessions confirmation hearing

May 3, 2017

Desiree A. Fairooz, a 61-year old activist from Virginia, was found guilty of disorderly conduct and parading or demonstrating on Capitol grounds for laughing during then-Senator Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing to become attorney general. During the two-day trial at the U.S. Superior Court in Washington, the jury also found two other activists in her group, Tigher Barry and Lenny Bianchi, guilty of parading or demonstrating for dressing up as Ku Klux Klan members and standing up before the beginning of the hearing.

Fairooz was dressed as a pink Statue of Liberty during the hearing and let out a giggle she “just couldn’t hold” when she heard Senator Richard Selby of Alabama describe Session’s record of treating all Americans equally under the law as “clear and well-documented.”

“None of us planned to get arrested,” she told The New York Times. “We just wanted to be a visible symbol of dissent.” All three activists might face a prison sentence of up to 12 months. Fairooz said she was “disappointed” but would continue to protest. “I’m so disgusted with so many different aspects of our current government,” she said. Fairooz announced her lawyer would seek post-trial motions to set aside the verdict and claimed it was too soon to discuss a potential appeal. All three activists pleaded not guilty, refused plea agreements and demanded a trial. They each face as much as a year in prison.

Read the full story at The New York Times.


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