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Defense Rests In Murfreesboro Mosque Hearing

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The defense presented its case Monday in a hearing challenging a planned new mosque in Murfreesboro. 

Plaintiffs sued Rutherford County claiming that planners violated Tennessee open meetings law when they approved the site plan. 

On Monday, the county called an attorney who is an expert on zoning. He testified there was nothing illegal or unseemly about the notification process or the manner in which all this happened. 

The attorney said there was nothing out of the norm in the action that the board took when it granted the use permit. He said there was nothing the county did that was against the law based on the Rutherford County statutes that he's read as well as the State Statutes. 

The seven days of testimony since late September have largely ignored the procedural issue. Instead, plaintiff's attorney Joe Brandon Jr. has tried to link the mosque and its members to terrorism. 

Closing arguments are expected on Wednesday. 

Plaintiffs are asking the court for a temporary restraining order to stop work at the site. 

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Story)

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