Transparency groups see problems in mosque ruling

Transparency groups see problems in mosque ruling (Image 1)
Transparency groups see problems in mosque ruling (Image 1)

By TRAVIS LOLLER
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A court ruling that sets a high standard for informing the public about government meetings hasn't drawn loud cheers from government transparency advocates.

In part that's because the legal effort to stop construction of a Rutherford County mosque is widely seen as being driven by fear of Muslims. And some good government groups also think the county government didn't do anything wrong.

Rutherford County Chancellor Robert Corlew ruled May 29 that county officials violated the state's Sunshine Law by not providing adequate notice of the meeting where the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro was approved.

The Tennessee Press Association's Frank Gibson said the ruling was “good news for open government advocates.” But he also said he doesn't feel the county was trying to do anything in secret.

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