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The Department Of Justice Is Going After An Activist For Laughing During Jeff Sessions’ Confirmation Hearing

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The Department Of Justice Is Going After An Activist For Laughing During Jeff Sessions’ Confirmation Hearing

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Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

In 2017, laughing in the Senate has become a crime.

During Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearings, Senator Richard Selby claimed that the Alabama senator’s history of “treating all Americans equally under the law is clear and well-documented.” At that, activist and CodePink member Desiree Fairooz laughed, since Sessions is actually best known for being deemed too racist for a federal judgeship in the 1980s. As the Huffington Post reports, a rookie cop with no appreciation for irony arrested Fairooz, and prosecutors are charging the 61-year-old with attempting to “impede, disrupt, and disturb the orderly conduct” of the hearings.

The HuffPost reports that Fairooz’s laughter did not disrupt Shelby’s opening speech, but the police officer in question, Katherine Coronado, still saw fit to eject Fairooz from the proceedings. Adding insult to injury, “The government also charged her with a separate misdemeanor for allegedly parading, demonstrating or picketing within a Capitol, evidently for her actions after she was being escorted from the room.” Coronado was on her second week of the job.

A lawyer representing Fairooz at trial noted that other spectators laughed during Sessions’ hearings, including when he joked about disagreements with his wife. According to the prosecutor, it was “appropriate for the audience to laugh when Sessions made a joke about his marriage but not when Shelby claimed Sessions had a long record of ‘treating all Americans equally.’”

When asked by the prosecutor, Coronado maintained that the laugh was loud and disruptive, but Fairooz said it was simply an involuntary reaction to a ludicrous claim.

As Fairooz explained in a statement on CodePink’s website, she felt “responsibility as a citizen to dissent at the confirmation hearing of Senator Jeff Sessions, a man who professes anti-immigrant, anti-LGBT policies, who has voted against several civil rights measures and who jokes about the white supremacist terrorist group the Ku Klux Klan.”

The trial is ongoing as of May 2. Watch the video of the incident here.

Ilana Novick is an AlterNet contributing writer and production editor.

This article was made possible by the readers and supporters of AlterNet.

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10 Comments

  1. dbtheonly May 3, 2017

    Where is the trial taking place?

    I can’t see a jury buying this one.

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  2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth May 3, 2017

    The shadow of a Stalinist mentality as far as dissent is gradually consuming Congress. It was already an innate quality in Trump, and now this so-called cop, Coronado, shows signs of the disease as well. Congress may soon become just giant totalitarian monolithic entity intent on legislating against any untoward gestures. Mitch McConnell has already whetted his appetite for unwholesome reaction to dissent.

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    2. kep June 22, 2017

      Liberals are TERRORISTS and should be deported or jailed.

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      1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth June 22, 2017

        Well deluded one, you know that isn’t going to happen. And if anyone should be arrested and deported it’s you and Donald.
        Although Putin has gotten a lot of mileage out of you, by just providing you with a weekly supply of borscht and gruel, or has you in some indentured servitude contract, you need to adjust your life trajectory and choose to be beneficial to humanity rather than be just a political flunky.

        Do you post such nonsense in order to derive your only outlet for sexual gratification? Do you get a rush of blood in your groin area just from posting 1 sentence of mindless drivel?? Is this your idea of being a good “Christian”, by acting in a satanic manner making wild assertions that are baseless and without any merit?

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        1. D duck June 22, 2017

          What would you know about being a Christian? Apparently NOTHING. You lie as easily as you breathe. Most likely you are emulating your usuper Messiah, Obama.
          Liberals are seditious, lying, hypocritical TERRORISTS that shoild be deported or jailed.

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        2. kep June 22, 2017

          What exactly would you know about being a Christian? NOTHING. You lie as easily as you breathe. Most likely something you emulated from your usurper Messiah, Obama. Liberals are sediment, lying, hypocritical TERRORISTS that shoild be deported or jailed, and YOU are a perfect example of that.

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          1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth June 23, 2017

            Making accusations doesn’t add to your lack of Christian sentiments. I am more aware of what you claim to believe in, even though most of my life has been spent as a Baha’i.

            So far, you’ve shown not one shred of evidence indicating a knowledge of Christianity. Your “religion” is Partisan Politics”; your daily hymn is “Nearer to the thee my Trump”. And your “bible” is “The New GOP Testament”.

            And another thing—Since you are unable to articulate one iota of a Christian message or sentiment, something I always strive to do when posting, you have no right to question anyone’s knowledge of Christianity.

            Your “religion”, if you want to call it that—is an idolatry that focuses on your affinity with a political Party. So, you just think about that, homey, and talk to me only from your partisan perspective. Which is about as close as you’ll ever get to Religion.

            I hope you can prove me wrong by posting anything for a change that vaguely resembles a sentiment informed by the Spirit as articulated eminently well by Jesus.

            Stay away from a rigid dogmatic and satanic affiliation with any partisan political group

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  3. FireBaron May 3, 2017

    You vill only laff ven ve tell you to laff!

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