Terry Jones to appear in Detroit court on Dearborn charges

Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN – Florida pastor the Rev. Terry Jones, who gained national exposure following a mock trail that led to the burning of a Quran, will be in Detroit Thursday for a Circuit Court hearing stemming from charges levied by 19th District Court Judge Mark Somers and an arrest for failing to post bond.

Fellow pastor the Rev. Wayne Sapp also will be at the hearing, set to take place at 2 p.m. at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center in Detroit.

Jones and Sapp were scheduled to stage a rally in April at the Islamic Center of America protesting sharia law, the Islamic code of conduct. Somers ordered them to appear in court the same day to determine if they posed a threat to public peace by staging the protest outside one of the city’s designated free speech zones.

Following a day-long trial, a jury ruled that Jones and Sapp were a credible threat, and were ordered to each post a $1 peace bond, which they refused. They were then taken to Wayne County Jail where the bond later was posted. Jones and Sapp returned a week later to hold their protest in front of City Hall.

(Daniel Heraty can be reached at dheraty@bewickpublications.com.)