Woman Faces One Year in Jail After “Laughing” During Jeff Sessions Nomination

via RT

A Washington jury has convicted a Code Pink activist of disorderly conduct after she laughed in a Senate confirmation hearing for Attorney General Jeff Sessions. She was also charged with “parading,” combined charges that could result in 12 months in jail.

The jury’s conviction of 61-year-old Desiree Fairooz was announced Wednesday.

“Our jury found me guilty of each count, and each count carries a maximum sentence of six months in prison,” Fairooz told RT. “I have been judged not on the initial laughter, but that was why I was removed.”

Fairooz said Sessions had already entered the Senate hearing room in January, where she, along with other members of Code Pink, were dressed as Lady Liberty in pink togas, with foam tiaras that said Code Pink, were holding plastic torches “reminiscent of the Statue of Liberty.”



“At the time of my arrest, we were seated, the hearing had begun, and Senator Richard Shelby (R, Alabama) was tasked with making compliments about Senator Sessions, and one of them seemed ridiculous to me and I involuntarily laughed,” Fairooz said. What caused the laughter was Shelby’s assertion that Sessions had a “clear and well-documented” history of “treating all Americans equally under the law.” In 1986, Sessions had been denied a federal justice post because of a history of racially charged remarks. Senate Shelby had even campaigned himself against Sessions by running an ad campaign that suggested Sessions was a Ku Klux Klan sympathizer. Fairooz said it was a small laugh, more like a chortle, but it was enough to prompt a Capitol police officer to come over to her.

“I expected her to say, ‘Ma’am, please lower your voice,’ when unexpectedly she told me I was being ejected, and I needed to come with her,” Fairooz said.

During her trial, however, prosecutors said she “let out a loud burst of laughter, followed by a second, louder burst.”

Fairooz said three other police officers joined the first one and started to move her out of the Senate hearing, at which point she started protesting.

“Why am I being taken out of here?” she asked as she was arrested. “This man is pure evil. Don’t vote for Sessions. I was going to be quiet, and now you’re going to have me arrested? For what?”

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