Attorney General Jeff Sessions has an even thinner skin than his boss, given his Department of Justice’s malicious prosecution of an activist.
During Sessions’ January confirmation hearings, Code Pink activist Desiree Fairooz was watching silently in the back of the room, watching the proceedings while decked out in the group’s traditional pink flair, when Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) extolled then-Senator Sessions’ supposed record of “treating all Americans equally under the law” during his time as a U.S. Attorney from Alabama.
Fairooz laughed as a natural reaction to Shelby’s statement, given Sessions’ record of once using his office to prosecute voting rights activists for the crime of helping black people register to vote. Coretta Scott King — widow of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King — condemned Sessions’ in a letter to U.S. Senators considering his appointment to a federal judiciary post. Sessions’ stint as a U.S. Attorney was so controversial that even the Republican-controlled Senate wouldn’t appoint Sessions to a federal judgeship due to his treatment of and past remarks about African Americans.
Even though Fairooz’s laughter didn’t disrupt the proceedings, officers nonetheless arrested her, which prompted her to start yelling about Sessions’ record, calling him “evil” as she was forcibly carried out of the room.
Another protester escorted out of Sessions hearing. Her original offense appeared to be simply laughing. pic.twitter.com/p6lWzBVFRW
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) January 10, 2017
Along with the charge of disrupting a hearing, Fairooz is currently facing a misdemeanor charge of “allegedly parading, demonstrating or picketing within a Capitol, evidently for her actions after she was being escorted from the room,” and could face up to six months’ imprisonment and a $500 fine if convicted.