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Plaintiffs file new motion in mosque controversy

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MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -

A group of people fighting the construction of a new mosque in Murfreesboro were back in court on Monday.

The plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the Rutherford County planning department are asking to see thousands of county emails they believe could be used as evidence to boost their cast. They believe there may be emails that show the county violated an open meeting law.

Attorney Joe Brandon, who is representing the plaintiffs, argued some of the emails turned over by the county were sealed and couldn't be shared with his clients. He claimed he couldn't open attachments from some of the other emails.

The county said of the 11,000 emails provided, only about 2,000 were under seal.

"They claim privilege in these emails," said Brandon. "They got up in front of the court saying they have got clean hands, yet as an exhibit to their filings with the court, it's wrote sealed, privileged in big letters on the envelope. Clearly the government is trying to hide things."

"We complied in every respect to the court's order," said county attorney Josh McCreary. "No email are anywhere other than those two pods."

The plaintiffs' attorney also asked the court to revise its ruling, claiming the 17 plaintiffs were not harmed when the site plans were approved for the new mosque.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs claim the new mosque will be a training center for Sharia Law because of suggested reading material that appeared on the Islamic Center website.

Chancellor Robert Corlew will make a ruling at a later date.

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