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Battle between UW System and Jeffrey Decker makes Supreme Court list


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) --  The battle between the University of Wisconsin System and the son of a former legislator is going to the State Supreme Court. Jeffrey Decker was banned from UW system property after incidents at UW Stevens Point , where Decker was a student protesting how the administration under Chancellor Bernie Patterson handled budgets for student health services, the student union, student dining, and residence halls.

The University banned Decker from all UW system properties after convincing Dane County Judge John W. Markson to issue a restraining order in October 2011. That restraining order also banned Decker from possessing firearms, even though no firearms were used in Decker’s protests. Decker continued to protest and hand out literature on UW system campuses, even after being arrested at UW Fox Valley.

The University was able to get a harassment injunction against Decker in the circuit courts. Decker appealed, and won when the Court of Appeals ruled in his favor January 24th of this year. The University of Wisconsin is not satisfied with that, and appealed the case to the Supreme Court. The Wisconsin Supreme Court accepted the case Monday, and is likely to rule on it later this year.

Jeffrey Decker is an Oshkosh area resident, and the son of former State Senator Russ Decker of Schofield.