On Wednesday, a jury convicted three Code Pink activists who disrupted Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s confirmation hearing in February.
According to reports from the New York Times, each of the women protestors face up to 12 months in jail, $2,000 in fines, or both. Their sentences depend upon the outcome of a sentencing hearing set to take place June 21.
One of the three protestors, Desiree A. Fairooz, dressed up as a pink version of Lady Liberty and was found guilty of disorderly conduct and demonstrating on Capitol Hill grounds. The 61-year-old from Bluemont Va., who was accused of laughing during the hearing told the Times:
‘I just couldn’t hold it. It was spontaneous. It was an immediate rejection of what I considered an outright lie or pure ignorance.’
Fairooz reportedly let out a giggle after Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama stated that Sessions had a record of “treating all Americans equally under the law.”
Watch a clip from the hearing below:
‘Another protester escorted out of Sessions hearing. Her original offence appeared to be simply laughing.’
Another protester escorted out of Sessions hearing. Her original offense appeared to be simply laughing. pic.twitter.com/p6lWzBVFRW
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) January 10, 2017
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the events occurred slightly differently. Fairooz reportedly “let out a loud burst of laughter, followed by a second louder burst of laughter.” That’s when police tried to remove her from the scene, however, that just led her to grow “loud and more disruptive, eventually halting the confirmation hearing” altogether.
In regards to her sentence, Fairooz told the NYT:
‘We’ll face the music when we get to that.’
The jury also convicted Tighe Barry and Lenny Bianchi, who attended Sessions’s January 10 hearing dressed as Ku Klux Klan members.
According to a court filing by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, all three of the activists intended to interrupt Sessions’s hearing, and said Fairooz “created a scene.”
As well as her costume, Fairooz also carried a sign. She told the NYT:
‘None of us planned to get arrested. We just wanted to be a visible sign of dissent.’
A two-day trial in a D.C. Superior Court concluded on Tuesday. All three activists pleaded not guilty and rejected a plea deal offered to them.
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