Desiree Fairooz’s criminal laugh at Jeff Sessions hearing, Reports

0
427
Desiree Fairooz's criminal laugh at Jeff Sessions hearing, Reports
Desiree Fairooz's criminal laugh at Jeff Sessions hearing, Reports
Desiree Fairooz's criminal laugh at Jeff Sessions hearing, Reports
Desiree Fairooz’s criminal laugh at Jeff Sessions hearing, Reports

Desiree Fairooz had a hearty laugh during Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing to be attorney general.

Fairooz, 61, was convicted Wednesday of disorderly conduct and parading or demonstrating on Capitol grounds. Also convicted of two separate offenses were her fellow Code Pink protesters Tighe Barry and Lenny Bianchi, who were dressed in Ku Klux Klan white hoods and robes at the hearing. All three activists pleaded not guilty and rejected plea deals, demanding a trial.

“I’m so disgusted with so many different aspects of our current government,” Fairooz told the New York Times.

READ  Cornwall shark attack: fisherman in dramatic rescue after shark bite (Video)

She said that her laughter was the result of a statement made by Alabama Republican Sen. Richard Shelby as he introduced Sessions to the Senate Judiciary Committee toward the start of the Jan. 10 hearing. “Jeff’s extensive record of treating all Americans equally under the law,” Shelby said, “is clear and well-documented.”

“I just couldn’t hold it,” Fairooz told the Times. “It was spontaneous. It was an immediate rejection of what I considered an outright lie or pure ignorance.”

READ  Peter Singh Virdee: Sikh businessman arrested at Heathrow airport for tax fraud

Sessions has faced several allegations of racism and was denied a federal judgeship in 1989 after lawmakers heard testimony that he had once used a racial slur.

“It was such an appalling statement for Senator Shelby to make… that she just reflexively let out a noise,” Ariel Gold, the campaign director for Code Pink, told NBC News. “I was sitting about two people away, and I would say the noise was quieter than a cough.”

READ  New York Woman Gets DUI Tossed Because Her Body Brews Beer

She was immediately removed from the hearing.

Fairooz says she’s a long-time member of Code Pink, an anti-war social justice group founded in 2002 in response to the Iraq War. She told the Times that her lawyer will seek to set the verdict aside.

“[Fairooz] has been arrested while demonstrating in the past,” Gold told NBC. “But [her laugh] was not demonstrating. Generally, when Code Pink demonstrates, it’s very hard to miss.”

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.