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Appeals court: Ticket didn’t violate religion

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state appeals court says a speeding ticket didn’t violate an Oshkosh man’s right to religious freedom.

A sheriff’s deputy cited Jeffrey L. Manke for speeding in Fond du Lac County in October 2011. According to court documents, he was traveling at 71 mph in a 55-mph zone.

Manke argued on appeal Wisconsin’s speeding statutes violate his right to religious freedom because they prohibit a person from speeding. He contended his Bible studies show he is a man, not a person. District Attorney Dan Kaminsky called Manke’s argument nonsensical in a reply brief.

The 2nd District Court of Appeals agreed Manke is a man, which also makes him a person.

Court records did not list an attorney for Manke. No residential listing for him could be found.

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