Terry Jones Says He Will Be Back To Protest
Controversial Florida Pastor Terry Jones Planning Protest In Dearborn
Florida Pastor Terry Jones is headed out of town, but only for a week before coming back to protest in Dearborn next Friday.
In a statement released Saturday, Jones said he would protest at 5 p.m. outside Dearborn City Hall.
A jury decided Friday that Jones must pay a so-called "peace" bond ahead of his planned demonstration outside a Dearborn mosque.
After not posting $1 bonds, Jones and his associate pastor, Wayne Sapp, were escorted to jail, said District Judge Mark Somers. Somers said Jones and Sapp would stay in Wayne County jail until posting bond.
The men posted the $1 bonds about an hour after initially refusing to.
Prosecutors had asked Somers to set the bond at $45,000.
Somers ruled Thursday the city of Dearborn didn't violate Jones' free speech rights by denying him a permit to protest outside the mosque. Somers said Jones rejected four alternative sites listed in a city ordinance.
Somers said the jury was very concerned with the First Amendment right of freedom of speech. He said that the juror's concerns were similar to the courts because they were more concerned with the protest's time and location rather than its content.
The trial started at 9 a.m Friday. The four women and three men of the jury went into seclusion just after 3 p.m. The verdict was reached about 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Jones told the jury in his opening statement on Friday morning that the First Amendment protects his right to hold a peaceful protest outside the mosque.
A prosecutor said Jones' past actions are evidence that the protest, originally planned for 5 p.m. Friday, threatens the peace.
While the jury continued to deliberate Friday evening, Jones stayed at the courthouse.
"At (5 p.m.) I guess we will still be here," Jones said. "We had planned other things."
Jones represented himself during the trial. He said if deliberations carry past his slated protest time, he would return in one week.
Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad was among the witnesses to take the stand.
Jones touched down at Detroit Metropolitan Airport just after 2 p.m. on Thursday.
?We are going to be exercising our First Amendment rights. We have some issues we are going to address, actually several issues,? Jones told Local 4 at the airport. ?We?re going to be addressing the issue of jihad and Sharia. We are going to be talking about our president?s intentions for re-election. We will be addressing many issues that, I believe, concern us as a nation.?
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The Islamic center is one of the nation's largest mosques. Dearborn is also home to one of the nation's largest populations of Arabs and Muslims.
Jones had drawn international criticism by burning a copy of the Quran on March 20. Jones said he was not going to burn a copy of the Quran during Friday's protest.
The Gainesville, Fla., pastor has said he has nothing against peaceful Muslims, but worries about Islamic law coming to the United States.
In an open letter to Jones, Dearborn Mayor John O'Reilly Jr. has requested the protest be held in another location, such as City Hall.
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