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Published: Saturday, 7/2/2011

Tenn. county embroiled over mosque controversy


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — A Rutherford County judge appointed the county clerk and master to review thousands of emails requested by opponents of a Murfreesboro mosque.

Seventeen plaintiffs are suing the county, claiming officials violated the state open meetings law when they approved the site plan for the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro.

The plaintiffs’ attorney, Joe Brandon, has asked the county to turn over emails containing any of 77 key phrases.

Those amounted to more than 11,000 records.

On Monday, Chancellor Robert Corlew III ordered his Clerk and Master John Bratcher to review the emails to determine whether they contain privileged communications between the county attorneys and the government officials they represent.

No trial date has been set.

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