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Decker back in trouble with University of Wisconsin

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Jeffrey Decker
Jeffrey Decker

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) -- Portage County prosecutors are adding some more charges against an Oshkosh man for violating his restraining order against the UW-System campuses again.

Prosecutors are charging 34-year-old Jeffrey Decker with violating a restraining order, disorderly conduct, and obstruction charges after he showed up at a meeting at UW-Stevens Point on December 7th. The University banned Decker from all UW System properties after convincing a Dane County judge to issue a restraining order in 2011. System officials say Decker was being disruptive in protests over the way Chancellor Bernie Patterson and his staff were handling student fees and finances.

Decker claims that the order is unconstitutional because it violates his First Amendment rights. The status of that restraining order is still in limbo while it works its way through the court system, but Portage County prosecutors say they believe it is still in effect until a ruling is made by the State Supreme Court.

Decker is scheduled for a pretrial conference January 13.

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