At Session’s confirmation, fellow Alabaman Senator Richard Shelby (R) claimed that Sessions’s history of “treating all Americans equally under the law is clear and well-documented.”
This comment by the Sen. Shelby drew laughter from Fairooz who was then quickly removed from the hearing.
Months later, the Justice Department is criminally prosecuting Fairooz for this incident. The Justice Dept. claims her laughter amounted to ‘disorderly and disruptive conduct’ made with the intent to ‘impede, disrupt, and disturb the orderly conduct’ of congressional proceedings.”
Fairooz rejects the criminal charges and is fighting against them, however, her previous history of activism may complicate her defense.
During the 2005 confirmation hearing of former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, Fairooz put fake blood on her hands and caused a general racuous. Fairooz claims that this was planned in advance, unlike her laughter which, according to her, was a spontaneous reflex based on Shelby’s praise of Sessions.
If convicted, Fairooz faces a fine of $500 and an additional punishment of up to year in prison.