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Injuction Filed in Murfreesboro Mosque Case

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Opponents of the Murfreesboro Mosque filed for an injunction yesterday in Rutherford County seeking to stop the Mosque’s construction.

Just last week Judge Robert Corlew declared void the 2010 county planning meeting at which the mosque’s construction plan was approved. Corlew opined in his written decision that county officials violated Tennessee’s Sunshine Laws by failing to give sufficient public notice for the meeting.

However, Corlew refused to halt the mosque’s ongoing construction.

Mosque members are currently worshiping in converted office space they say has grown to small. Mosque leaders hope to complete the new facility in time for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which begins in mid-July.

In an email accompanying a copy of the injunction sent to WMOT News yesterday afternoon, plaintiff’s attorney Joe Brandon Jr. calls Rutherford County’s failure to comply with the judge’s order “derelict” and “inconceivable.”