The Department of Justice will retry a protester who was arrested after she laughed during Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Senate confirmation hearing
Desiree Fairooz, 61, who was associated with the group Code Pink, was taken into custody during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in January after she laughed when Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) claimed Sessions had a “clear and well-documented” record of “treating all Americans equally under the law.”
Fairooz will again face charges of unlawful conduct for disrupting the January hearing after she rejected a deal offered by prosecutors that would have required her to plead guilty in exchange for a recommended sentence of time served, reports CNN
In a statement, Fairooz said she let out a spontaneous “reflexive noise” because Sen. Shelby’s description was not true.
“It was an immediate rejection of what I considered an outright lie or pure ignorance,” she said.
Fairooz was previously convicted of a misdemeanor connected to disrupting the hearing, but a judge threw out the guilty verdict in July and ordered a new trial.
The new trial is scheduled to begin on November 13.