Plaintiffs suing the county for approving the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case because of terrorism concerns, according to a file sent Wednesday night.
“Periodic warnings from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security of locally generated terrorist attacks compel a review by this Court to resolve due process issues raising conflicts between The Religious Land Use And Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), and the public right to open government affirmed by state Open Meetings Act,” states a lawsuit from plaintiffs’ attorneys Tom Smith of Franklin and Joe Brandon Jr. of Murfreesboro.
The attorneys have represented plaintiffs led by Kevin Fisher of Murfreesboro since the case was filed September 2010 in Rutherford County Chancellor Robert Corlew III’s court. Corlew ruled that the county’s Regional Planning Commission failed to provide adequate public notice before approving the ICM building plans May 24, 2010. Other state and federal courts have over-ruled him.
Update: See “Mosque foes fail to grasp reality”, Daily News Journal, 1 February 2014