(AP) - The imam who wants to build a mosque near
A judge told a lawyer for Feisal Abdul Rauf during a hearing Wednesday to submit the documents. The hearing was prompted by a complaint filed by
But state Superior Court Judge Thomas Olivieri denied
Rauf and his wife, Daisy Khan, "have been under a lot of stress," attorney Tomas Espinosa said after the hearing. "They will prove to be honorable people when the final decisions of the court are made," he added.
Espinosa said he had not had direct contact with Rauf since the complaint was filed Monday but had been in touch with Khan. Neither attended the hearing, and Rauf did not answer the phone at his home in neighboring
The 96-page complaint alleges Rauf failed to fix 12 fire code violations the year before a 2008 fire in one of his buildings, and that instead of repairing the 32-unit building he boarded it up and kept residents from moving back in.
The complaint also details violations in the second, 16-unit building, including bed bugs, improper garbage disposal and broken fire alarms and smoke detectors. The building's gas and electricity were shut off recently due to unpaid bills and were only turned back on when city officials appealed to the utility company,
The fire alarm system in the building is still faulty, the complaint claims, which has forced the city to pay a police officer to be outside the building at all times on a fire watch.
"Why should the city have to provide the mechanism to safeguard the tenants?" Vanek asked the judge.
Espinosa told Olivieri that a company had been retained to fix some of the problems and had amassed "a big file" of documents showing what work was under way or planned.
Olivieri scolded Espinosa for not producing any of the documents Wednesday. When Espinosa said Rauf had been busy in