A woman protestor, who was arrested for laughing at a confirmation hearing for Jeff Sessions, faces up to a year in prison for her tiny outburst.
According to the New York Times, a jury on May 3 convicted three Code Pink protesters on charges that they disrupted the confirmation hearing of Jeff Sessions for attorney general. One of the three, a Virginia woman, said all she did was break out in laughter. Each could face up to 12 months in prison.
The Virginia woman, Desiree A. Fairooz, was found guilty of the two charges she faced: disorderly conduct and parading or demonstrating on Capitol grounds. Two of her fellow activists were found not guilty of disorderly conduct, but received a guilty verdict from the jury for parading or demonstrating.
Ms. Fairooz, 61, of Bluemont, Va., said she was “really disappointed.” She said her lawyer, Samuel A. Bogash, would file post-trial motions seeking to set the verdict aside. She said it was too early to discuss an appeal.
“We’ll face that music when we get to that,” Ms. Fairooz said. She added that she was undeterred and would continue to protest.
We were all taught in school that bad behavior is not acceptable — and you may get an hour's detention if you're caught — but a year in prison for laughing at the laughable Jeff Sessions, who now heads the nation's justice system, is really outrageous.
Welcome to the world according to Donald J. Trump.
Beau Weisman, Editor