Connecticut delegation announces State of the Union guests

President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Washington, as Vice President Joe Biden applauds and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, listens. (AP Photo/Mandel Ngan, Pool)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A doctor whose mosque was shot up and a man who spent 18 years in prison for a rape he did not commit are among the guests of Connecticut’s congressional delegation for President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address.

Congressman Joe Courtney invited Dr. Mohammed Qureshi to Tuesday’s address. Qureshi is president of the Connecticut chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. The mosque his family attends, Baitul Aman in Meriden, was shot up shortly after the Nov. 13 Paris terrorist attacks. No one was hurt. A neighbor of the mosque was arrested.

Rep. John Larson’s guest is Glastonbury resident James Tillman, who was exonerated of rape in 2006 based on new DNA tests.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was invited by the Obamas to sit near the first lady.

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