County appeals judge’s ruling on mosque approval

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Rutherford County officials are appealing a judge’s ruling that voided the construction approval for a local mosque.

Chancellor Robert Corlew last month ruled that the county violated Tennessee’s Sunshine Law by not providing sufficient notice for the May 2010 meeting where the mosque was approved.

County attorneys argued that officials followed their standard procedure for informing the public of that meeting. In his ruling, Corlew implied that they should have taken additional steps because of the intense public interest in the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro.

On Thursday, county attorneys filed a notice of appeal. In the notice, they question whether requiring a different standard of public notice for the mosque is a violation of the U.S. Constitution and Tennessee Constitution.

Associated Press, 22 June 2012