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Appeals court upholds Oshkosh man's speeding ticket for being "person"

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Gavel & Stryker, made from Cherry & Ash, sold to Whitney Hoffman. By KeithBurtis (Flickr: Gavel & Stryker) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Gavel & Stryker, made from Cherry & Ash, sold to Whitney Hoffman. By KeithBurtis (Flickr: Gavel & Stryker) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

FOND DU LAC, WI (WTAQ) - A state appeals court ruled Wednesday morning that an Oshkosh man did not have his religious freedom violated, just because he got a speeding ticket.

Jeffrey Manke was ticketed for driving 71 miles an hour in a 55-zone in Fond du Lac County last October.

Manke tried to convince the Second District Appellate Court that the speeding laws violated his religious freedoms, because they specifically prohibit a “person” from speeding.

He contended that Bible defines him as a “man,” not a “person.”

Fond du Lac County District Attorney called the argument “non-sensical.” And the appellate judges in Waukesha agreed.

They confirmed that Manke is a man – and under the law, it also makes him a person.

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