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Drawing a line against organized thuggery
by Tony Rackauckas
If you are feeling tremors recently, it is probably because R.C. Hoiles is spinning in his grave knowing how his beloved O.C. Register recently trampled on the First Amendment by opining that it was perfectly acceptable for defendants who are members of the Muslim Students Union (MSU) to shut down a speech because the speaker was Israeli.
In California, it is a crime to conspire to disturb or break up a lawful meeting. Even UCI Law Professor Erwin Chemerinsky, recent apologist for the MSU, wrote in February 2010, "Only the students who were actually disruptive should be punished. Whether there will be criminal prosecutions is up to the Orange County district attorney."
Last week, an Orange County jury sent a strong message that First Amendment rights belong to every American, and we will not tolerate a small band of people who want to hijack our freedoms.
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