Radical preacher Terry Jones jailed for refusing to pay $1 bond; plans to hold rally at mosque

The New York Daily News/April 23, 2011

Terry Jones, the radical Koran-burning preacher, was sent to jail in Michigan on Friday after he refused to pay $1 bond.

A jury ruled that a protest the hate-spewing Florida pastor planned outside the country's largest mosque was likely to provoke violence.

The court ordered that he pay the symbolic bond on the condition that he, along with a supporter, stay away from the center for three years.

But he refused to immediately hand over the dough -- and then promised to hold the rally anyways - despite being denied a permit and being ordered by the court not to, the Wall Street Journal reported.

He later posted the bond and along with his supporter, Wayne Sapp, was released.

"The City of Dearborn used the court as an instrument to prevent our protest from taking place today as scheduled, and has now violated our civil liberties," he said in a statement to the Journal. "We will be in contact with legal representation and plan to protest next week in front of the Islamic Center."

Sapp told reporters that he was well protected under the first amendment.

"That's what made America great," he said. "We're entitled to our opinion."

Jones made international news earlier this year when he burned the Muslim holy book.

Dearborn, a suburb of Detroit, is known for its high concentration of Muslims.

Prosecutors worry that the protest could draw a high number of counter-protestors as well, according the Journal.

The decision came less than a day after Jones accidentally fired a .40 caliber handgun outside of television studio. In the courtroom, according to the Detroit Free Press, he told reporters it was an accident.

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