In May, Chancellor Robert Corlew III ruled the Planning Commission failed to provide adequate public notice prior to approving a site plan proposal to build the Islamic Center, which subsequently led to opponents filing an injunction request to stop construction.
On June 13, Corlew granted a partial injunction blocking Rutherford County officials from issuing the Islamic Center an occupancy certificate, which would allow use of the mosque, because his previous decision voided authorization for construction.
According to court documents, county attorneys questioned whether requiring the Planning Commission to treat the Islamic Center differently than other religious organizations violates the U.S. Constitution and Tennessee Constitution.
The move comes one week after the Rutherford County Commission voted to appeal the ruling.
For in-depth coverage of this story, pick up a copy of the Sunday, June 24, 2012, print edition of The Murfreesboro Post.