Charges Dropped Against Woman who Laughed at Sessions

Activist Desiree Fairooz had faced up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine if she were convicted.

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(Reuters) — A peace activist who laughed at then U.S. Sen. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III during his confirmation hearing to become U.S. attorney general will no longer be prosecuted on charges of disrupting a session of Congress and demonstrating at the Capitol.

The U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia filed court papers on Monday, notifying a judge her office was dropping its case against Desiree Fairooz, a children’s librarian.

Fairooz had faced up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine if she were convicted on both charges at trial.

She belonged to Code Pink, an anti-war group that often stages protests against politicians. The group accused federal prosecutors of overreaching and wasting money on the case.

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Desiree Fairooz could spend up to a year in prison for laughter during the Senate confirmation hearing of President Donald Trump’s appointed U.S. attorney general.

“We hope they will scale back this massive overreach and that the success we just saw in Desiree’s case will encourage more people to protest in the halls of Congress and on the streets,” Code Pink said in a statement on Tuesday.

Fairooz laughed during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in January after a lawmaker’s asserted Sessions treated all Americans equally. It was at the confirmation hearing for Sessions, who was then a Republican senator from Alabama and was later confirmed to become U.S. attorney general.

Fairooz shouted, “This man is evil, pure evil” as police led her away. A jury found Fairooz guilty in May of disrupting a session of Congress and demonstrating on Capitol grounds.

But a judge for the District of Columbia Superior Court overturned the guilty verdict in July and ordered a new trial. Chief Judge Robert Morin found it was unclear whether Fairooz was convicted for laughter or for speaking out as she was removed, Fairooz’s attorney, Samuel Bogash, said at the time.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia said in an email on Tuesday that his office had no comment on the decision to dismiss the case.

A second trial for Fairooz had been scheduled for Nov. 13, but Morin canceled it after prosecutors dropped the case.

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  • How dare she laugh during Sessions’ confirmation hearing? Weeping at the prospect of Sessions being in charge of the Department of Justice would have been far more appropriate.

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    • It is interesting to see the instincts of the “pussy grabber” administration – we can see what would happen if they could suspend the constitution. Jail people who laugh at you, suspend the license of CNN or any other “enemy of the people“ press that disagrees with you. Death penalty for people on random crimes. Bar people based on religion. “Annihilate” nations at one (mad) man’s whim. Connect self serving business deals with government action.

      What’s really scary is to see 35% of America consistently agree with the instincts of a cruel narcissist who is probably entering senility.

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  • Was the congressman who screamed, “You lie”, at President Obama ever arrested and/ or harassed?

    What happened to free speech? SNL portrays Sessions as the mean, racist little elf that he is.

    Here’s Rosie O’Donnell, telling the truth about trump and he’s still butthurt about it a decade later. The impersonation is hilarious and spot on. Never knew what set off the feud. Apparently, the truth did.

    https://youtu.be/64YhFQ99a-c

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