A guy in Wisconsin made one of the worst legal arguments I’ve ever heard, arguing that the traffic laws do not apply to him because they only apply to “persons” while the Bible defines him as a “man” and that’s totally different. An appeals court in that state, predictably, agreed with me:
Jeffrey Manke had argued that his reading of the Bible defines him as a “man,” rather than a person, so the law doesn’t apply to him.
In a short opinion, the court said Wednesday the dictionary definition of “person” includes “man” within it.
“Manke does not develop any argument for how defining him as a ‘person’ denies him due process of the law or how it burdens his exercise of his religion,” the court said. “Manke has not met his burden to show how Wisconsin’s traffic laws are unconstitutional either facially or as applied to him.”
And according to the ruling, he offered another idiotic argument too:
Manke also challenges whether his Mazda constitutes a “vehicle” under Wis. Stat. § 346.57(4)(h). His argument is based on a conflation of the statutory definitions for “vehicle,” “motor vehicle,” and “commercial motor vehicle,” from which he decides that only vehicles used in the course of commercial activity are subject to the statute. Manke asserts he was not engaged in commerce while he was speeding, and therefore he cannot be convicted for violating § 346.57(4)(h). Manke’s Mazda is a vehicle regardless of the purpose for which it is employed.
And then there’s this footnote:
Manke also appears to challenge the statute as a violation of his “right to travel.” It is unclear to whom this argument is addressed as it comes in the form of a six-page letter written to the Fond du Lac county sheriff that is reproduced in the middle of Manke’s brief without explanation. Regardless, we decline to review this challenge and reject it for the same reasons as his other constitutional challenges.
I’m gonna take a stab in the dark here and assume that he represented himself in the case. If he had an actual attorney in the case, that guy should be disbarred for abject stupidity.