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Dearborn police had denied Jones' request and asked him to protest instead in a "free speech zone" in front of one of the city buildings.But Jones, who represented himself in court on Friday, argued that violated his free speech rights.
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DEARBORN, Mich. — A controversial Florida pastor was briefly jailed and released on Friday after a Michigan court determined that his planned protest outside a mosque was likely to provoke violence and ordered him to stay away.Terry Jones, 59, was sent to county jail after he declined to pay a $1 bond as ordered by Judge Mark Somers, who also ordered him to stay away from the Islamic Center of America for three years.But about an hour later, police said Jones and a supporter, Wayne Sapp, were released from custody after the token $1 bond was paid.Both Jones and Sapp were had initially refusing to meet the terms of a "peace bond" set by Somers in protest.A six-person jury in the Dearborn court ruled earlier on Friday that their planned protest outside the largest mosque in the United States was "likely to breech the peace" in a suburb of Detroit with a large Muslim American population.