Error may end Ground Zero mosque suit

Jan. 18, 2011 at 8:30 PM
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NEW YORK, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- A lawsuit trying to stop construction of the controversial Ground Zero mosque in New York may itself come to a halt on a technicality, lawyers in the case said.

The plaintiff, the American Center for Law and Justice, an advocacy group suing on behalf of Timothy Brown, a retired firefighter and 9/11 responder, named Soho Properties, the company of mosque financier Sharif el-Gamal, as the defendant rather than 45 Park Place Partners LLC, the legal property owner, the New York Post reported Tuesday.

Parties to the suit are due back in Manhattan Supreme Court Wednesday.

"I think it's a pretty specious argument. Sharif el-Gamal, everyone knows he is the owner of the project. He might have various entities set up, but he was the one served and represented all along that Soho Properties is the owner," said Brett Joshpe, lawyer for the center.

Adam Leitman Bailey, the lawyer for 45 Park Place Partners, said the incorrect name of the party means the center and Brown missed their chance to sue because the time limit is up.

The center also is suing the city, alleging the procedure to return down landmark status for the building being razed to clear the way for the mosque was flawed, the Post reported.

Construction of the mosque has drawn opposition from those who say it would be disrespectful to have it so close to the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks by Muslim extremists that toppled the two World Trade Center towers.

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