Apr 22 2011
[UPDATED] DEARBORNISTAN jury denies Pastor Terry Jones his first amendment rights to protest in front of Islamic Center
Judge jails Jones for refusing to pay $1 bond.
LSJ – A judge late today sent two Florida pastors to jail for refusing to post a $1 bond.
The stunning development came after a Dearborn jury sided with prosecutors, ruling that Terry Jones and Wayne Sapp would breach the peace if they rallied at the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn.
Prosecutors asked Judge Mark Somers for $45,000 bond. Somers then set bond at $1 each for the two pastors. They refused to pay. And Somers ordered them remanded to jail. Jury deliberates several hours. Earlier, in closing arguments, Wayne County assistant prosecutor Robert Moran said the pastors would disturb the peace if they were allowed to protest today at the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn.
Jones and Sapp argued their right is protected under the First Amendment. “That’s what made America great,” said Sapp. “We’re entitled to our opinion.” ‘We’ll do it today at 5 or we’ll come back next week.’
UPDATE! Apparently Jones has posted the $1 bond to leave jail.