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Rutherford County Commission Votes To Challenge Judge's Mosque Ruling

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Rutherford County Planning Commission has voted to appeal a court decision that voided their approval of the Murfreesboro Mosque.

The Planning Commission voted 6 to 1 Monday night to challenge Rutherford County Chancellor Robert Corlew’s decision in the case. Corlew ruled May 29 that the Commission failed to provide sufficient public notice for the 2010 meeting at which they approved the mosque’s construction permit.

Commissioner Craig Lynch says he has mixed feelings about last night’s vote. Lynch voted in favor of appealing the decision, but would have preferred to simply follow the judge’s decision; something he hopes will be considered again in future meetings.

“I’m not necessarily against appealing, but I also wanted to re-post. That didn’t carry last night, but like I say it may be looked at again.  I don’t know.”

In spite of Corlew's decision, the judge and Rutherford County have both declined to halt construction of the mosque, which is now nearing completion.

The seventeen local plaintiffs who brought the original suit will be back in court Wednesday morning for a hearing on their request for an injunction to halt construction immediately.