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Jury deliberates pastor's planned mosque protest

April 22, 2011
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - A jury is now deliberating whether a Florida pastor's planned demonstration outside a Michigan mosque would constitute a breach of the peace.

Terry Jones told jurors Friday in Dearborn that he isn't responsible for what anyone else might do in response to his protest outside the Islamic Center of America.

A prosecutor says Jones' past actions are evidence it would threaten the peace. If the jury agrees, a judge will decide the amount of a so-called peace bond to pay for extra law enforcement.

Dearborn denied Jones a permit to protest outside the mosque and offered alternative sites. Jones has said he won't post bond and says he won't change the protest location.

A burning of the Quran in March at Jones' Gainesville, Fla., church inflamed anti-Western sentiment in Afghanistan.



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