UPDATE: Court: UW protester's injunction must be refined

UPDATED Wednesday, July 16, 2014 --- 9:14 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Supreme Court says a judge properly issued a restraining order against a frequent University of Wisconsin System protester but he must refine it because it's too broad.

Former UW-Stevens Point student Jeff Decker has long protested the use of student fees at meetings on different campuses. A Madison judge in 2011 granted a Board of Regents request for a restraining order, issuing an injunction that barred Decker from all UW property.

A state appeals court struck down the restraining order last year, ruling Decker was legitimately protesting the fees.

The Supreme Court disagreed, ruling unanimously that Decker's actions amounted to harassment. But the court said the restraining order is vague and sent it back to the circuit court to narrow it.

Decker's attorney had no immediate comment.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


UPDATED Tuesday, December 17, 2013 --- 12:48 p.m.

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) -- Prosecutors have added new charges against a former University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point student accused of violating a restraining order.

A Stevens Point Journal Media report says 34-year-old Jeffrey Decker of Oshkosh was arrested Dec. 7 at UW-Stevens Point. A caller told police Decker was violating a court order barring him from all UW campuses.

Decker has protested at UW meetings, claiming that officials have illegally blocked students' access to millions of dollars of their own fees.

A Madison judge issued a restraining order, saying his appearances constituted harassment. However, an appeals court rejected that argument.

Portage County prosecutor David Knaapen says he believes the restraining order still applies until the state Supreme Court weighs in.

Decker calls that logic absurd. He says he'll ask to have the case dismissed.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


UPDATED Tuesday, December 10, 2013 --- 11:58 p.m.

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) -- A former student has been arrested for venturing onto the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in violation of a restraining over court records indicate has been overturned.

Stevens Point Journal Media reports police arrested Jeff Decker on campus on 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 he was exercising his constitutional rights. The case is before the state Supreme Court.

Decker told Portage County Circuit Judge John Finn the order was no longer in effect.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

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


Posted Friday, June 21, 2013 --- 8:45 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court plans to review a harassment case brought by University of Wisconsin regents against a former student.

The legal case dates back to 2011 when a Dane County judge issued a restraining order barring Jeff Decker from UW property. The former UW-Stevens Point student has attended public meetings of regents and other UW officials on several campuses to protest university policies on distributing student activity fee funds.

A state appeals court ruled last January that a Madison judge improperly issued a restraining order against Jeff Decker. The 4th District Court of Appeals ruled Decker was legally exercising his constitutional right to protest the use of student fees. The regents appealed to the state Supreme Court.

Wisconsin Public Radio News says the high court could hear the case in its 2014 session.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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