A woman prosecuted for laughing at Alabama attorney general Jeff Sessions during a confirmation hearing could face up to a year in jail.
The woman prosecuted by The Justice Department is Desiree Fairooz for “disorderly and disruptive conduct” and for “parading, demonstrating, or picketing within the Capitol.” She, along with two other protesters, were arrested and charged.
“Why am I being taken out of here?” she asked as she was arrested. “I was going to be quiet, and now you’re going to have me arrested? For what?” Fairooz asked.
She was later charged by the government with “disorderly and disruptive conduct” for her laugh, as well as a second charge for “parading, demonstrating, or picketing within the Capitol” as she was being led out.
Fairooz has protested at several congressional hearings, and likely knows the difference between being intentionally disruptive and respectful of decorum.
During Fairooz’s trial on Monday, fellow Code Pink activist Ariel Gold testified that Fairooz was reflexively laughing in response to Sessions’s claims, and that she was “appalled” when Fairooz was arrested. Coronado, on the other hand, said she did not think Shelby’s statement was funny enough to warrant a laugh and noted that Fairooz was laughing “very loudly”—enough for people to turn their heads and look at her.
Fairooz was convicted along with Tighe Barry and Lenny Bianchi, who both dressed as K.K.K. members to protest Sessions and had been charged with breaking Senate rules