While Legal Wrangling Continues, Tennessee Mosque Construction Moves Ahead

May 31, 2012

Construction is continuing on a new mosque outside of Murfreesboro as attorneys debate the import of a judge's ruling that voided approval of the site plan. Rutherford County Chancellor Robert Corlew issued that ruling on Tuesday, saying that there was insufficient public notice of the meeting where the site plan was approved.

Plaintiff's attorneys believe the ruling means construction on the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro must halt. On Wednesday, they filed an order that included an injunction to that effect. The order does not become final until signed by the judge.

On Thursday, County Attorney Jim Cope said he will contest the order because he does not believe it accurately reflects the judge's ruling. Cope said he believes plaintiffs need to sue the mosque if they want to halt construction.