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Judge: Residents' free speech threatened by subpoenas in Islamic school lawsuit
by Niraj Warikoo
A federal judge says attorneys for an Islamic group were out of line when they subpoenaed personal e-mail and other documents from residents who opposed the building of an Islamic school in Pittsfield Township.
Magistrate Judge David Grand of Ann Arbor, in a ruling last week, said the subpoenas threatened the constitutional rights to free speech of the residents and ordered their attorney fees and costs to be compensated.
The Muslim Community Association and Michigan Islamic Academy in Ann Arbor want to build a school and community center in neighboring Pittsfield Township, but township officials have rejected their plans, citing traffic and congestion concerns.
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