Attorney Jacqueline Goodman Helps “Irvine 11” Students Appeal Conviction

Attorney Jacqueline Goodman is one of several attorneys helping UC Irvine and UC Riverside students appeal a 2011 criminal conviction. The students were convicted for misdemeanor charges to conspire and disrupt a speech given at UC Irvine by the Israeli Ambassador.

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Fullerton, CA (PRWEB) January 30, 2013

Attorney Jacqueline Goodman is one of several attorneys representing students in the “Irvine 11” case. (Superior Court of California, County of Orange, Case No. 11CM01351) Attorney Goodman is representing ten of the students – the charges against one of the students were dropped when he agreed to work 40 hours of community service at a soup kitchen in Costa Mesa. The students were convicted in September, 2011 for conspiring to disrupt a meeting and disrupting a meeting. The students were sentenced to 56 hours of community service and three years of informal probation. Now, Attorney Goodman and the Irvine 11 are fighting in the Orange County Superior to appeal the convictions.

According to the prosecution, the students restricted the Israeli diplomat’s right to speak freely by participating in a heckler’s veto. Prosecutors alleged that the students’ reaction to the ambassador’s speech thwarted the ambassador’s ability to deliver his message – even though he was able to finish his speech after the students finished the protest. The defense argued that the students were exercising their own rights to free speech and have filed a 77-page document to appeal the ruling. Within the document, the students and their attorneys state that the prosecuting attorneys failed to reasonably demonstrate that the students were guilty and that the ruling was unconstitutional.

California law prohibits individuals from disturbing lawful assemblies. However, attorneys for the students argue that the actual law is unconstitutionally vague. The controversy sparked a significant amount of local attention. During the course of the trial, the students gained local recognition as the “Irvine 11” – even provoking an online campaign called “Stand with the Eleven.” According local news sources, one attorney for the students said that “Applying independent review, the court should hold that the prosecution failed to prove that the defendants violated implicit customs or usages or explicit rules…or that the defendants substantially impaired the conduct of the ambassador's speech," she said in court documents.”

The Law Offices Jacqueline Goodman is a criminal defense firm in Orange County, California. Spearheaded by Attorney Goodman, the firm has developed a reputation for aggressive legal representation throughout Orange County. Attorney Goodman has spent more than 18 defending clients in the area and is passionate about criminal defense. Her practice areas include drunk driving, drug crimes, theft crimes, juvenile crimes, domestic violence, manslaughter, gang crimes, sex crimes, and violent crimes. To learn more about Attorney Goodman and the Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman, visit the firm’s website at http://www.californiadefenselawyer.net.


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