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Sessions' Protesters Face Up to One Year in Jail

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Desiree Fairooz (right), an activist affiliated with the group Code Pink, was at AG Jeff Sessions' confirmation hearing in January. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

By    |   Wednesday, 03 May 2017 06:14 PM

Three activists were convicted Wednesday for disrupting Attorney General Jeff Sessions' confirmation hearing earlier this year, including a woman who apparently laughed when Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said Sessions' record of treating all Americans equally under the law was well-documented.

Each of the women are each facing up to a year in prison, $2,000 in fines or both, The New York Times reported.

Desiree Fairooz, 61, was found guilty of disorderly and disruptive conduct and parading or demonstrating on Capitol grounds, according to her lawyer, Samuel A. Bogash. She said she giggled when Shelby made his comments and expected only a warning when officers came over. Instead, she was escorted out for creating a scene.

Tighe Barry and Lenny Bianchi, dressed as Ku Klux Klan members at the hearing, were convicted on charges of parading or demonstrating. They were also acquitted on a count of disorderly conduct. They held signs of "Go Jeffie Boy" and "KKK."

As Capitol Police took the men out of the Senate hearing room, they yelled, "you can't arrest me, I am white!" and "white people own this government!"

"None of us planned to get arrested," Fairooz, who wore a pink crown to the hearing, told the Times. "We just wanted to be a visible symbol of dissent."

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Three activists were convicted Wednesday for disrupting Attorney General Jeff Sessions' confirmation hearing earlier this year, including a woman who apparently laughed when Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said Sessions' record of treating all Americans equally under the law was well-documented.
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