Judge Robert Corlew III
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Chancellor Robert Corlew III announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of his current term and will not seek re-election next year.
Corlew has been on the bench since 1984, and he has served as chancellor of the Rutherford County Chancery Court since 1990.
During his tenure, a number of controversial cases have come before him, including the lawsuit involving opponents of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro and the Rutherford County Commission.
The announcement comes only a few months after the Tennessee Court of Appeals overturned his decision in favor of opponents that the Rutherford County Planning Commission failed to provide adequate public notice prior to approving construction of the mosque.
Mosque opponents have since filed an appeal with the Tennessee Supreme Court in an effort to get the appellate ruling overturned back in their favor. The court has not yet announced whether it will consider the case – meaning the Appeals Court decision that the Planning Commission followed the law still stands.
“It has been my sincerest pleasure to serve the people during my 30 years on the bench,” Corlew said in a press release. “It has always been my intention to uphold the law, respect all those who come to court, and to render decisions which are proper under the law and the facts of the cases.”
A primary election will be held in May 2014.
Staff members confirmed that Corlew said he plans to complete his existing term, which concludes in August 2014, the same month as the general election.
-- Marie Kemph, email@example.com