MADISON, Wis. (October 18, 2012)—A Wisconsin state appeals court says a speeding ticket didn't violate a Wisconsin man's right to religious freedom.
A sheriff's deputy cited Jeffrey Manke for speeding in October 1011 in Fond du Lac County.
According to court documents, he was traveling at 71 miles per hour in a 55-mile-per-hour zone.
Manke argued on appeal that Wisconsin's speeding statutes violated 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 and the 2nd District Court of Appeals agreed, ruling that Manke is a man, which also makes him a person.