Judge dismisses Murfreesboro mosque cemetery lawsuit

Judge dismisses Murfreesboro mosque cemetery lawsuit

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) - A judge has dismissed a lawsuit over a permit that was issued allowing a Middle Tennessee mosque to build a cemetery on its property.

A group of residents filed the suit after Rutherford County officials approved the request from the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro.

The Daily News Journal reports senior Judge Paul Summers, who sat on the case after local judges recused themselves, issued his opinion on Thursday. He ruled that the Board of Zoning Appeals properly approved the permit.

ICM attorney John Green said he was pleased with the ruling.

A lead plaintiff in the case, Bonnie Golczynski, and her attorney, Duncan Cates Cave, declined to say whether they would appeal. The plaintiffs had cited concerns about possible water contamination and traffic problems in their lawsuit.

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