Muslim students' speech trial goes to US jury

September 21, 2011 - 9:20 PM
University Tension

A few of the members of Irvine 11 students who are accused of illegally disrupting a speech by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren, at the University of California, Irvine, last year, are seen before the start of the closing arguments trial session Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, at a Central Justice Center court in Santa Ana, Calif. Charges are slated to be dismissed against co-defendant Hakim Nasreddine Kebir as long as he completes 40 hours of community service by next month. The other 10 defendants, from left: Aslam Traina, Asaad Akhtar, Osama Shabaik, Khalid Akari, Ali Sayeed, Taher Herzallah, Shaheen Nassar, Mohamad Abdelgany, Mohammad Qureashi. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

SANTA ANA, California (AP) — A jury has completed its first full day of deliberations in the trial of 10 Muslim students charged with disrupting a speech by an Israeli diplomat at the University of California, Irvine.

The Orange County Superior Court jury went home for the day Wednesday and will resume deliberations Thursday morning.

The jurors are deciding whether the students broke the law or were exercising a right to demonstrate when they shouted during Ambassador Michael Oren's February 2010 speech about U.S.-Israel relations.

The students face misdemeanor charges of conspiring to disrupt a meeting and disrupting a meeting. If convicted, they face sentences ranging from probation with community service and fines to a year in jail.