ORANGE COUNTY, Calif., March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- After Orange County Superior Court judges ruled to uphold the convictions in the "Irvine 11" free speech case, Attorney Jacqueline Goodman vowed that she would appeal. Goodman represented some of the students faced with misdemeanor charges of conspiring to disrupt and disruption after gathering to protest Michael Oren's (Israeli ambassador to the U.S.) speech at UC Irvine on February 8, 2010.
The defense appealed the convictions of 10 students (an 11th struck a plea deal before trial) on grounds of unconstitutionality, but the ruling handed down today affirms the convictions of the student protestors.
"Taking a broader view of the question of constitutionality, it is clear that criminalizing a peaceful protest at a political meeting on a college campus flies in the face of the very purpose of the First Amendment--to promote the free exchange of ideas in a true, albeit at times messy, democracy," said Goodman.
Goodman is optimistic that the Fourth District Court of Appeal will reverse the Superior Court Appellate Department's decision and overturn the convictions.
About Jacqueline Goodman
Jacqueline Goodman is a defense lawyer in Orange County. Goodman is the recipient of the Skip Glen Award for her commitment to human dignity and defending the criminally accused in their darkest hours. She has been featured on multiple major news networks such as Fox, ESPN, CBS and CNN, among others, and single-handedly founded the North Orange County Bar Association (NOCBA). To learn more about Jacqueline Goodman and her role in the Irvine 11 case, visit http://www.californiadefenselawyer.net or call (714) 794-3073.
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