In the motion, officials with the Justice Department slammed attorneys representing the Islamic Center opponents, as well as all of the parties involved, who filed a request to challenge a recent federal ruling that overturned their victory in Rutherford County Chancery Court.
“The United States believes that the putative interveners’ attempt to intervene is nothing more than an effort by those individuals to inject the same type of baseless and inflammatory arguments into these proceedings as those arguments that dominated the proceedings in state court,” Justice Department officials argued in the response to motion to intervene.
The filing comes a few days after attorneys Joe Brandon Jr. and Thomas Smith, both of who represent opponents of the Islamic Center, filed several motions claiming their clients have been victimized by the Muslim community and denied due process in the U.S. District Court of Middle Tennessee.
Brandon had requested for U.S. District Judge Kevin Sharp to schedule a hearing Monday. However, Sharp instead asked Justice Department officials to file a response to the requests before considering an emergency hearing.
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