Eleven Muslim students charged with disrupting a speech by the Israeli ambassador to the U.S. at a California university sought Friday to have the district attorney pulled from the case.

Prosecutors illegally obtained search warrants and focused on the religion of the defendants by dubbing the case the "UCI Muslim case," said Dan Mayfield, one of the students' attorneys.

"We are asking the attorney general of the state of California to step in and take over the case," Mayfield said during a news conference after the students' arraignment was postponed until April 15. The courtroom was packed with supporters.

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