In this April 12, 2016 file photo Desiree Moninski, stands on land located across from her house in Dudley, Mass., which is the site of a proposed Muslim cemetery. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
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U.S. federal prosecutors are investigating whether a Massachusetts town violated the civil rights of an Islamic group when officials there rejected plans for a Muslim cemetery, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz announced Thursday.Ortiz said the investigation will determine whether the town of Dudley violated the right to religious exercise by the Islamic Society of Greater Worcester. Jay Talerman, a lawyer for the group, has suggested that anti-Muslim bias played a role in the town's decision to deny needed permits for the cemetery.Talerman, who filed a lawsuit against the town in land court last month, said he has had discussions with the town's attorneys to try to come to an agreement about the cemetery.
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