The Irvine 11 won a small victory this week when an Orange County Superior Court judge ordered the district attorney's office to remove its main investigator and three top deputies from the case. The dismissal of the prosecutors came in response to the D.A.'s unauthorized use of privileged documents to build a case against the UC Irvine and UC Riverside students who are charged with conspiracy to disrupt a speech by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren.
The lead investigator, Paul Kelly had inappropriately obtained 20,000 pages of privileged communications between the students and their defense attorney, Reem Salahi, the Los Angeles Times reported today. The documents were being used to bring new charges against one of the students. Now the Orange County district attorney must prove that none its evidence was obtained through privileged information, Wilson ruled.