Judge Again Rules Murfreesboro Mosque Can't Be Used

Jul 2, 2012

MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT)  --  A Rutherford County judge has reaffirmed his earlier ruling that the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro will not be allowed to occupy its new mosque.

At the end of May Rutherford County Chancellor Robert Corlew voided the mosque’s construction permit, saying the county failed to provide proper notice for the meeting where the permit was approved.

Corlew allowed construction of the mosque to continue, but told the county it could not issue a certificate of occupancy for the building once it’s complete.

Following the judge’s ruling, the Rutherford County Planning Commission and the full County Board of Commissioners voted to appeal the ruling. County attorney’s filed that appeal last month.

WSMV-TV reports that Rutherford County attorneys were back in court Monday morning to ask Corlew to suspend his no-occupancy order until the appeal can be heard by a higher court. The judge refused that request.