Protest pastor to file suit over arrest

April 24, 2011 at 3:15 PM
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DETROIT, April 24 (UPI) -- A Florida pastor arrested in Dearborn, Mich., before his planned protest outside the Islamic Center of America says he plans to file a lawsuit.

Controversial pastor Terry Jones said he would file a lawsuit against the Wayne County Prosecutor's office, The Detroit News reported Sunday.

The Koran-burning pastor was arrested Friday after a jury deliberating on a complaint filed by Wayne County prosecutors found Jones would likely create a "breach of the peace" if he were to proceed with his demonstration outside the mosque on Good Friday.

"It was a total violation of our constitutional rights," Jones told the Detroit Free Press Saturday at Detroit Metro Airport while waiting for a flight to Florida. "It was a mockery of the judicial process."

Dearborn Mayor John O'Reilly Jr. said he would have had no problem with Jones rallying at City Hall, where the city has a free-speech zone.

"If he had done this in the first place, there would have been no issue to begin with," O'Reilly said.

The Wayne County Prosecutor's office had no comment on Jones's plans to sue, the News said.

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