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Judge dismisses Ground Zero 'mosque' suit

Judge dismisses Ground Zero 'mosque' suit
Hundreds of pro-mosque demonstrators march past City Hall as thousands turned up to show support or opposition to the proposed "Ground Zero" Islamic mosque and community center on September 11, 2010 in New York City. UPI /Monika Graff | License Photo

NEW YORK, July 13 (UPI) -- A New York state Supreme Court justice dismissed a former firefighter's lawsuit against the developers of an Islamic community center near Ground Zero.

Justice Paul G. Feinman Friday ruled plaintiff Timothy Brown has no legal standing over the Park Place site, the Christian Post reported Wednesday.

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Brown sought to declare the site, a former Burlington Coat Factory store, a city landmark, a motion the local landmark commission had already denied. The site was damaged during the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that toppled the twin towers of the World Trade Center, killing thousands.

A lawyer for Sharif El-Gamal, one of the Islamic center's developers, told The New York Times Feinman's ruling is a victory for America.

Brown called El-Gamal "un-American" for pursuing his project so close to Ground Zero.

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