On May 27, we reported on the petition for a writ of certiorari (Docket No. 13-1214) filed by opponents of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro (“ICM”). They sought review of a Tennessee Appellate Court decision that reversed the trial court’s ruling that the Rutherford County Regional Planning Commission violated notice requirements for the meeting at which it approved a site plan application for a mosque. On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the petition, refusing to consider their claims that the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act should not protect religious institutions engaged in terrorism and that a federal court allegedly violated the Rooker-Feldman Doctrine (view the Supreme Court’s order list here).
Still, the controversy involving the mosque opponents and the ICM is not over, as the opponents have sued the County in another case over the approval of a cemetery for use by ICM (read more here).
For local coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court’s denial of the mosque opponents’ cert petition in the notice case, click here.