SiteMeter tells me something about the folks who visit my blog, including the search terms that lead someone here. One search query I see a lot is "who are defendants in Islamic Society of Boston lawsuit?" To answer that question, the seventeen defendants in the amended lawsuit brought by the Islamic Society of Boston Civil Action No. 05-4637-F are as follows (in the order listed on the lawsuit):
- Boston Herald, Inc.
- Jonathan Wells (Herald reporter)
- Jack Meyers (Herald reporter
- Thomas Mashberg (Herald reporter)
- Maggie Mulvihill (Herald reporter)
- Kevin Wisniewski (Herald reporter, also Fox News)
- Fox Television Stations, Inc, dba WFXT-TV
- Michael Beaudet (Fox News)
- The Investigative Project, Inc.
- Steven Emerson (Investigative Project)
- William R. Sapers
- The David Project
- Anna Kolodner (The David Project)
- Citizens for Peace and Tolerance, Inc.
- Steven A. Cohen
- Dennis Hale
- Ahmed Mansour
Eight of the defendants are referred to as the "media entities," and the remaining nine defendants are referred to as the "Non-Media Defendants" in a court decision dated July 20, 3006. In that decision, Judge Janet Sanders denied the motion by the defendants to dismiss the lawsuit under the anti-SLAPP statute. There's some interesting background info in the decision, including the original Muslim group which approached the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) about Parcel R-14 in Roxbury:
"In July 1992, the BRA produced a Request for Proposals ('RFP') to develop Parcel R-14, including within it a detailed set of guidelines and instructions for potential developers. The College, together with other neighborhood organizations, supported the RFP. On October 31 and November 2, 1992, legal notices appeared in the Boston Herald inviting proposals...."
"The RFP received only one response ' from the Muslim Council of Boston (the 'Muslim Council'). It proposed to build on Parcel R-14 an Islamic Center, to be composed of a large mosque together with a school. The Muslim Council had had its eye on the site for a few years, since the biggest growth in its membership had come from the Roxbury community. The Muslim Council's proposal received overwhelming support from neighborhood groups and individuals, including state representative Gloria Fox. On December 22, 1992, the BRA met and voted to accept the Muslim Council as Parcel R-14's redeveloper. For the next few years, the project was at a standstill."
"....The ISB first came to the attention of the BRA in August 1998, when the Muslim Council recognized the ISB as its partner and asked the BRA to substitute the ISB as the redeveloper of Parcel R-14. The BRA staff considered the proposal and then recommended to the full Board that the substitution be approved. In a memorandum to the Board, the BRA's planning director noted that the ISB had retained two 'highly respected' architects and an environmental firm, with equity funding to be provided by the United Bank of Kuwait."
More research needed! Who was on the Muslim Council and why was the ISB brought in? I suppose it was for financing. How did this partnering come about? What role (if any) did the Muslim Council have after the ISB took over the reins of the mosque project?