Well as predicted the Christians arrested at the Arab Festival in Dearbornistan, Michigan were acquitted by the jury and a civil lawsuit will be filed against the city.
Jury Acquits Christians Arrested at Arab Fest; Dearborn to face Civil Lawsuit
Arrested based on sharia law, acquitted based on U.S. law. That’s the good news, via Thomas More Law Center.
Late Friday evening, a jury of six Dearborn, Michigan residents returned a unanimous verdict of not guilty of breach of the peace charges, which were brought by the Dearborn Police Department against four Christian evangelists as they were peacefully proselytizing to Muslim youths during the Arab International Festival on June 18, 2010.
The Thomas More Law Center, a national Christian public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, represented the evangelists, Dr. Nabeel Qureshi, Paul Rezkalla, Negeen Mayel and David Wood, at no charge. The jury returned its verdict after an hour and half of deliberations. Nageen Mayel was found guilty of failing to obey a police officer—a charge unrelated to the actual incident, which will most likely be reversed on appeal.
Robert Muise, the Law Center’s Senior Trial Counsel, handled the five-day trial. The prosecutor placed seven witnesses on the stand including Chief of Police, Ron Haddad.
Even after the acquittals, Dearborn’s mayor, Jack O’Reilly, continued his ongoing and unprecedented personal attacks on the Christian evangelists, accusing them of being anti–Muslim bigots. O’Reilly’s continuous anti-Christian rhetoric was clearly an attempt to curry favor with Dearborn’s large Muslim population, which also explains the Police Department’s alarming mobilization to arrest the four Christians.
And the wrongly arrested/persecuted are fighting back:
For all those who’ve been asking, yes, a civil suit will be filed against the City of Dearborn for violating our Constitutional rights. The sad part is that this could have been avoided. If police had respected our rights at the festival, there wouldn’t have been a lawsuit. If the city had apologized after arresting us, acknowledging their wrong, I doubt any of us would have been interested in a lawsuit. (We were assaulted by multiple security guards last year, and we never pursued a lawsuit.) But instead of acknowledging their wrong and apologizing, the City of Dearborn declared war on us, blasting us with an endless supply of libelous accusations (read the Mayor’s letter), sending an obsessed prosecutor against us (who assured us in court that “it’s not personal”), bringing multiple liars (e.g. Roger Williams and Corporal Kapanowski) to the stand to bear false witness against us, and ultimately convicting Negeen because Judge Mark Somers seems to think it’s perfectly acceptable for police officers to manhandle a teenage girl who hadn’t even been accused of a crime. Yes, we’re finally ticked off, and during the trial, our resolve to seek justice was solidified. We’re happy that the Thomas More Law Center has decided to move forward with a civil case.
The bad news is that one of those arrested actually was convicted on one of the bogus charges, from Answering Muslims:
State Rep. Tom McMillin (R-Rochester Hills) had the following statement regarding the verdicts given in the trial of the four Christian missionaries arrested at the Dearborn Arab American Festival:
“Today in Dearborn, the jury got it mostly right in finding Paul, David and Nabeel innocent of disturbing the peace. The city of Dearborn, the Dearborn Police and especially the Dearborn Mayor owe them a huge apology immediately.
However the guilty decision for Negeen Mayel’s charge of failure to obey a police officer is extremely disturbing to me. I met with the ACLU here in Michigan recently to make sure we had good laws protecting citizens’ right to video police officers and their activity and they said we have the model for other states. But based on today’s decision, it seems that police in Michigan can get cameras turned off before doing questionable things (like making an arrest that was just found to be bogus by the jury). And how did the police have the right to tell Negeen Mayel to turn off her video camera and how can he touch her….for what reason? The video she took made it clear the police stepped way out of bounds.
Now – for all this charade, the city of Dearborn needs to be dealt with firmly….unless they plan to try to secede from the union and have their own laws. This is the United States of America and we here in the USA have something called Freedom of Speech. Dearborn – get used to it!”
They just might, and we know what law they’d choose to govern by. We cannot get used to that.
More details and video of her arrest
via Blunder of Dearborn Judge Mark Somers Gets Negeen Mayel Convicted
I would encourage people to go to the link above and read for themselves how the judge in this case did not follow law when making his decisions re: Negeen Mayel. Seems in Dearborn, the mayor, police, and Judge Somers believe they can make their own laws up as they go along, rather than following U.S. laws and precedents.
May I just express now my joy that 3 of these defendants received justice per the jury! But even more satisfying to me is the civil lawsuit Dearborn will now face for the injustices that Christians have suffered there, for Dearborn’s willing acceptance of islam and sharia law! More conservatives need to follow this example and file civil lawsuits across the nation when these cheap tactics are used to subvert the freedom of U.S. citizens!
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