Court Doesn’t Buy Biblical Defense To Speeding Ticket

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.


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