Three Code Pink activists were convicted in Washington D.C. on May 3 on charges related to their presence at a confirmation hearing for Jeff Sessions as attorney general on Jan. 10 (video below).
Two of the activists, Tighe Barry and Lenny Bianchi, were dressed as members of the Ku Klux Klan in an apparent protest of Sessions' alleged racism, notes The New York Times.
The third activist, Desiree A. Fairooz, was dressed as a pink Lady Liberty. She was escorted out of the hearing by police after she laughed.
Ariel Gold, the campaign director of Code Pink, said that Fairooz laughed after Republican Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama said that Sessions' track record of "treating all Americans equally under the law is clear and well-documented."
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"I just couldn’t hold it," Fairooz stated. "It was spontaneous. It was an immediate rejection of what I considered an outright lie or pure ignorance."
The Washington Post noted in December 2016 that Sessions was accused of making racially charged comments in the 1980s when he served as a U.S. attorney in Alabama.
Sessions was accused of saying the NAACP was "un-American," and that the civil rights organization was trying to "force civil rights down the throats of people."
Sessions admitted to stating: "I thought those guys [the Ku Klux Klan] were OK until I learned they smoked pot," but insisted that it was a joke.
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Back in Washington D.C., the U.S. attorney said in April that all three Code Pink activists wanted to "impede and disrupt" Sessions' hearing and that Fairooz "created a scene," notes The New York Times.
All three activists could go to jail for up to one year, be fined up to $2000 or both at their June 21 sentencing hearing.
"We’ll face the music when we get to that," Fairooz said.
Fairooz's lawyer, Samuel A. Bogash, said that she was found guilty of disorderly and disruptive conduct in addition to parading or demonstrating on Capitol grounds.
Barry said that he and Bianchi were convicted on two separate charges of parading or demonstrating.
Fairooz recalled that when the police officers came over to where she was sitting after her laughter, she expected to be told to be quiet and warned.
In a video of the incident, Fairooz can be heard loudly asking the police why she is being taken out.
"None of us planned to get arrested," Fairooz stated. "We just wanted to be a visible symbol of dissent."
"I’m so disgusted with so many different aspects of our current government," Fairooz added.