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Terry Jones case to be decided by jury
De ^ | 04/22/2011 | Ed Brayton

Posted on 04/22/2011 9:21:02 AM PDT by OldDeckHand

In a highly unusual case, a jury will decide — for the time being, at least — whether anti-Muslim Florida Pastor Terry Jones will be allowed to hold a protest outside the Islamic Center of America mosque in Dearborn on Friday evening.

State Judge Mark Somers gave Jones the option of paying a $100,000 “peace bond” or face a jury to decide whether he can hold the protest without paying the bond. Jones refused to pay the bond and will go before a seven-member jury beginning at 8 am on Friday.

Jones says he intends to hold the protest no matter what the court decides.

All of this is extremely unusual and almost certainly unconstitutional. The boundaries of the First Amendment are not determined by juries. And the practice of requiring those who wish to protest to put up bonds before holding controversial protests was declared unconstitutional decades ago by federal courts.

This principle goes back to the civil rights era, when cities run by racist leaders who wanted to prevent legitimate civil rights marches would try to charge those who organized those protests for the extra police protection needed to keep them safe from the KKK and others who might react violently to them.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonindependent.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: detroit; firstamendment; koran; muslim
First, let's stipulate that Terry Jones is an ultra-moron.

But, in this country, the First Amendment guarantees the right to free speech of ALL, even ultra-morons. It's absolutely unbelievable that a prosecutor, a person who swears an oath to uphold the Constitution, would engage in such a sharade - and that she could find a judge to play along, and use a jury trial, no less.

Even the ACLU is crying foul. There is no way this survives on federal appeal. No way. IMO, this prosecutor should be sanctioned for attempting to violate Jones' Constitutional rights under color of law.

1 posted on 04/22/2011 9:21:36 AM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: OldDeckHand

2 words.

Ka, Ching!


2 posted on 04/22/2011 9:24:39 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (0bama let Lt. Col. Lakin go to prison rather than show his paperwork.)
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To: OldDeckHand

It can also be construed as incitement to riot.

I don’t know what the tort law is wrt “freedom of speech” in cases where a riot is a likely result.


3 posted on 04/22/2011 9:27:40 AM PDT by sauropod (The truth shall make you free but first it will make you miserable.)
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To: OldDeckHand; All

Scary thing is that there are a lot of people siding with the Islamic Terrorists on this issue....actually blaming Jones for deaths caused by Islamic Terrorists

And, there is a Free Speech issue here, too. The last time I checked, free speech is not just guaranteed to Muslims


4 posted on 04/22/2011 9:27:40 AM PDT by UCFRoadWarrior (Karl Rove = Karl Marx)
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To: OldDeckHand
When you have a self admitted Mud-Slime in the oval office picking a Constitution hating head of the DOJ there is no right to protest or assembly when it comes to anything negative regarding the phony religion of peace

I remember a few KKK rallies in Western NY in the late 60s without any incident. Most people just walked past these idiots and shook their heads.

We live in a very strange time in this country where the foundation created by the Constitution has been almost completely dismantled and we no longer know what is legal or not.

To stop this insanity, Progressives who take the oath of office to uphold the Constitution MUST be arrested and tried for treason as they display a total disregard for the document to which they pledged an oath.

5 posted on 04/22/2011 9:33:04 AM PDT by Wurlitzer (Welcome to the new USSA (United Socialist States of Amerika))
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To: OldDeckHand
When you have a self admitted Mud-Slime in the oval office picking a Constitution hating head of the DOJ there is no right to protest or assembly when it comes to anything negative regarding the phony religion of peace

I remember a few KKK rallies in Western NY in the late 60s without any incident. Most people just walked past these idiots and shook their heads.

We live in a very strange time in this country where the foundation created by the Constitution has been almost completely dismantled and we no longer know what is legal or not.

To stop this insanity, Progressives who take the oath of office to uphold the Constitution MUST be arrested and tried for treason as they display a total disregard for the document to which they pledged an oath.

6 posted on 04/22/2011 9:33:04 AM PDT by Wurlitzer (Welcome to the new USSA (United Socialist States of Amerika))
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To: OldDeckHand

First, let’s stipulate that Terry Jones is an ultra-moron.

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No, lets not. In what way do you think he is an ultra-moron?

Have you heard him speak? I daresay he knows more about freedom and the Constitution than 98% of all Americans.


7 posted on 04/22/2011 9:33:38 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (A Birther: One who has questions or concerns over the birth of Barry Barack Hussein Soetero Obama)
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To: sauropod; All

Could it also be construed as an attempt to commit suicide?


8 posted on 04/22/2011 9:35:22 AM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: sauropod

Whatever one says about Jones, his burning the Koran isn’t an incitement to riot. Rioting is the anticipated reaction of those in the Muslim community to his actions. It’s not like, say, Sharpton at Freddie’s in Harlem.

Would Westboro have been denied their First Amendment right to picket soldiers’ funerals had the Patriot Guard Riders threatened to riot whenever they appeared?


9 posted on 04/22/2011 9:35:39 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: OldDeckHand

>First, let’s stipulate that Terry Jones is an ultra-moron.<

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Rather presumptious of you.

What about stipulating that Terry Jones is a concerned American who sees his country being overrun by a foreign anti-American and anti-Christian movement that has been given free reign to destroy its culture.

You may not like Terry’s methods but many Americans don’t like the fact that government puts on the kneepads any time it deals with Islam.


10 posted on 04/22/2011 9:39:16 AM PDT by 353FMG (The M1911 is mightier than the sword.)
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To: OldDeckHand
Leave Terry Jones alone!


11 posted on 04/22/2011 9:41:16 AM PDT by drew
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To: sauropod
"It can also be construed as incitement to riot."

No, it can't. The phrase you're searching for is "fighting words". The Supreme Court first used the term, "fighting words" in Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire. But, shortly after Chaplinsky, the Court began walking back some of the restrictions on speech established by that case, first in Terminiello v. City of Chicago, 337 U.S. 1 (1949). in 1969, the Court decided Brandenburg v. Ohio, 395 U.S. 444 (1969), and in the majority opinion, they said...

"These later decisions have fashioned the principle that the constitutional guarantees of free speech and free press do not permit a State to forbid or proscribe advocacy of the use of force or of law violation except where such advocacy is directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action and is likely to incite or produce such action."

That phrase, "imminent lawless action" has not been broadly read, at all. In fact, in several other cases since Bradenburg - Like National Socialist Party of America v. Village of Skokie, and Forsythe COunty v. National Socialist Party of America, it has been pretty well established that just marching, even in areas that are culturally sensitive (like Nazis marching in the predominately Jewish community of Skokie, IL), DOES not meet the standard of "imminent lawless action".

The case law in this regard is ample. There is absolutely NO WAY Jones loses this case on appeal (should he lose at trial).

12 posted on 04/22/2011 9:42:01 AM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: Responsibility2nd

Because of the support the Dove Outreach Center organization has for the Westboro Baptist scum.

Freegards


13 posted on 04/22/2011 9:43:36 AM PDT by Ransomed
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To: OldDeckHand
First, let's stipulate that Terry Jones is an ultra-moron.

I stipulate no such thing. I stipulate that he is a Christian and a patriot who exercises his constitutional rights. If the pagan muzzies go ballistic, that's on their heads not Jones'.

14 posted on 04/22/2011 9:43:39 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (I have already previewed or do not wish to preview this composition.)
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To: 353FMG
"Rather presumptious of you."

Not really. I base it entirely on the interviews that I have seen him give. He's an idiot.

15 posted on 04/22/2011 9:44:36 AM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: sauropod

So putting a crucifix in a jar of urine or defacing a picture of The Virgin Mary with elephant dung is OK, huh? Or how about the SCOTUS giving their imprimatur to flag burning or cross burning? That’s not inciteful or offensive to Christians, patriots, or Blacks?

To Hades with the sheep-shaggers. Our liberty and freedom beats their outrage every day of the week and twice on Sundays.

This doesn’t rise to the level of yelling “Fire!!!” in a crowded theater when there is none.


16 posted on 04/22/2011 9:46:29 AM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (One of these days, Alice....one of these days.....POW!! Right in the kisser!!!!)
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To: OldDeckHand

17 posted on 04/22/2011 9:47:04 AM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (One of these days, Alice....one of these days.....POW!! Right in the kisser!!!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

He is asking a crucial question. Do we have the right to free speech or do we not? I am disgusted by all of the pundits who think that Jones should be muzzled because of “the consequences”, especially the “consequences” perpetrated by Muslim extremists. That sounds like Constitutional blackmail to me.


18 posted on 04/22/2011 9:47:05 AM PDT by fhayek
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To: UCFRoadWarrior

Get used to it if the blasphemy known as Shari’a is recognized here.


19 posted on 04/22/2011 9:48:23 AM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (One of these days, Alice....one of these days.....POW!! Right in the kisser!!!!)
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To: OldDeckHand

I was listening to the paul smith show this morning, and they had a muslim attorney on....even HE said that this guys rights were being violated...


20 posted on 04/22/2011 9:51:58 AM PDT by joe fonebone (Project Gunwalker, this will make watergate look like the warm up band......)
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To: OldDeckHand

That’s your opinion, which everyone has like everyone has an anus.

However you’re stating an opinion as a verifiable fact.

The rest of us prefer to think for ourselves.


21 posted on 04/22/2011 9:55:19 AM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (One of these days, Alice....one of these days.....POW!! Right in the kisser!!!!)
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To: Ransomed

Because of the support the Dove Outreach Center organization has for the Westboro Baptist scum.

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This is just a rumor. But if you have a credible link - please feel free to share it.


22 posted on 04/22/2011 10:03:07 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (A Birther: One who has questions or concerns over the birth of Barry Barack Hussein Soetero Obama)
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To: OldDeckHand

I’d like to say unbelievable, but it was entire predictable that some excuse would be found to prohibit Jones’ gathering.


23 posted on 04/22/2011 10:09:11 AM PDT by FourPeas
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To: Responsibility2nd

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2584978/posts

What one of the leaders of Jones’ “Dove Outreach Center” has to say about the Westboro loons:

“Westboro Baptist is not anti-military or anti-USA. Rather the opposite, actually. Do some research. They go to funerals because the Bible says that a fallen soldier is a sign of God’s wrath and a reminder of the condition of this world, a fallen world, in sin. We all know that. None of us want to fight wars. We have to, and we honor the fallen for their sacrifice, but funerals are also a chance to repent and get our lives right with God before our own comes along.

The soldier who is already dead knows what’s coming, whether they are in heaven or hell. I think they would be glad for the extra reminder to loved ones that they still have time to make a choice and use the rest of their time given here for God rather than wasting it, in a spiritual sense.”

It’s hard to sort through all the crap when you google the dove outreach center and westboro baptist, maybe they retracted that crap, but I doubt it.

Freegards


24 posted on 04/22/2011 10:12:40 AM PDT by Ransomed
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To: OldDeckHand

First, let’s stipulate that he isn’t an “ultra-moron.” Perhaps he is just someone who has the courage to do what needs to be done on a massive scale. Every Mohammedan needs to feel so “uncomfortable” here that he leaves. Otherwise, we will eventually face massive Mohammedan violence here.


25 posted on 04/22/2011 10:15:55 AM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: Ransomed
I am absolutely AMAZED by how easily people are fooled and impressed. Terry Jones is an unadulterated idiot. And yet, just because he says something or does something that some might find agreeable, he obtains a kind of "folk hero" status.

It is VERY MUCH like the recent Donald Trump phenomenon. Trump plucks the right birther chord or whatnot, and suddenly he's a conservative hero.

I feel the exact same way about Jones as I do the Klan or Neo-Nazis. They're all morons of the same stripe, but I'd fiercely fight for their right to say and/or do moronic things.

26 posted on 04/22/2011 10:25:04 AM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: OldDeckHand

Bttt.


27 posted on 04/22/2011 11:02:50 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: OldDeckHand

However, rights not exercised are lost.

Do we want to live in a country where “sacred” books are not allowed to be burned, if we own them?

I do not.


28 posted on 04/22/2011 11:05:40 AM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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"However, rights not exercised are lost."

You could say the exact same thing about the Klan, could you not? After all, if you stop parading around in white sheets with pointy white hats through the middle of black neighborhoods, we might just lose the right to parade, right? Or, maybe not.

Just because someone exercises a constitutional right that they have - like burning a book, or a flag or submerging a cross in a jar of cow urine - doesn't mean it's a smart or insightful thing to do, nor does it guarantee other people's right to do it later. Some times doing a douche-baggy thing is just being a douchebag. This just might be one of those times.

29 posted on 04/22/2011 11:13:53 AM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: OldDeckHand

I hear what you are saying. I’d rather have a Christian nation than a pluralistic one. But we currently have a pluralistic one.

So, the Klan gets to march. If they don’t, then neither do the pro-lifers, the veterans, etc.

I believe it was Michael Savage who pointed out that the freedom of speech is in our Constitution to protect UNPOPULAR speech. Popular speech gets a pass. But it is the unpopular that needs protection.


30 posted on 04/22/2011 11:18:42 AM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: Emperor Palpatine

That is the best mohammed cartoon I’ve seen.

May piss be upon mohammeds head.


31 posted on 04/22/2011 11:45:44 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again for our justification)
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To: Responsibility2nd
No, lets not. In what way do you think he is an ultra-moron?

Exhibit A? http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/2709047/posts

32 posted on 04/22/2011 12:12:16 PM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: OldDeckHand

Bttt.


33 posted on 04/22/2011 12:59:18 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: OldDeckHand

The SCOTUS rules in favor of some real ultra morons’ rights to protest at the funerals of KIA veterans the way they do but Pastor Jones can’t even speak of burning a copy of the Koran? REMEMBER 9/11!


34 posted on 04/22/2011 4:12:06 PM PDT by equaviator ("There's a (datum) plane on the horizon coming in...see it?")
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