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Woman found guilty and faces year in jail for laughing at Jeff Sessions

Published: May 3, 2017
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Source: The Independent

A woman who was charged with disorderly conduct for laughing during the confirmation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been found guilty and could face up to a year in prison.

Desiree Fairooz has been convicted for laughing early in Mr Sessions' confirmation hearing after Alabama Senator Richard Shelby said that the future attorney general's record of "treating all Americans equally under the law is clear and well documented." She has been convicted alongside two other protesters who had donned Ku Klux Klan costumes during the confirmation. Those two protesters could also face up to a year in prison.

The conviction comes after a two-day trial in the United States Superior Court in Washington. Ms Fairooz told the New York Times that she is "really disappointed" and that her lawyer are planning on filing post-trial motions to have the verdict cast aside. It is too early to discuss an appeal she says.

All three protesters are connected to Code Pink, a women's rights activist organisation.

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Prosecutors said they brought the charges because the laugh was an attempt to “impede, disrupt, and disturb orderly conduct” of the confirmation hearing.

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