Suit Challenges Federal Role in Mosque Case

Opponents of a Rutherford County mosque filed suit late last week challenging a federal judge’s decision to open the mosque despite a county chancellor’s ruling that the mosque did not meet adequate notice requirements for construction. The attorneys, Joe Brandon Jr. of Murfreesboro and Tom Smith of Franklin, argue that mosque opponents are “victims” of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, the county’s zoning resolution and local government’s “violation of the Tennessee Open Meetings Act.” Smith addressed the federal intervention as well saying, “The federal district court can’t be an appellate court for a state court ruling.” Read more in the Tennessean