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Former student arrested on UW-Stevens Point campus

  • Associated Press
  • December 10, 2013 - 4:50 PM

MADISON, Wis. — A former student has been arrested for venturing onto the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campus in violation of a restraining order that court records indicate has been overturned.

Stevens Point Journal Media reported that police arrested Jeff Decker on campus Saturday night after a caller told police he was there in violation of the restraining order.

A Dane County judge barred Decker from UW property after he appeared on several campuses protesting student activity fee policies. But a state appeals court ruled in January that he had been exercising his constitutional rights. The case is before the state Supreme Court.

The state Justice Department sent a letter to Decker's attorney, Gary Grass, in March arguing that the restraining order remains in effect until the Supreme Court settles the case. Grass told The Associated Press on Tuesday he doesn't believe DOJ's position has any merit.

Stevens Point Journal Media reported Decker told Portage County Circuit Judge John Finn that the order was no longer in effect. Decker posted a $250 cash bond and is set to appear at a hearing Monday.

Decker told the AP that he faces charges in four counties for venturing onto UW campuses after the appeals court ruling. He said the DOJ's argument that the restraining order was still in effect was absurd.

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