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3/11/2014 12:14:00 PM
Bible camp backers take case to Supreme Court

Justices on the nation's highest court will decide whether to review a lawsuit over a proposed Bible camp in Oneida County.

Earlier Monday, brothers Art, Wesley and Randall Jaros filed a petition for a writ of certiorari with the United States Supreme Court. A petition for certiorari is a request to an appellate court arguing that a lower court erred in deciding a case.

The Jaroses have been trying to open the camp on Squash Lake since 2004.

They filed a federal lawsuit in 2010 against Oneida County and the town of Woodboro after the county denied an application for a conditional use permit to build the camp. The county made that decision, in part, based on advice of the town.

The brothers have claimed the county and town discriminated against them and violated federal and state laws governing how land-use regulations apply to religious organizations. But officials have said the proposed camp did not comport with zoning rules and would have been disruptive.

Courts so far have uniformly ruled against the brothers, including a federal judge in Wisconsin and a panel of judges on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Four of the nine justices on the Supreme Court would have to vote to accept the case for it to proceed.

The Lakeland Times will have more on this story in Friday’s edition.

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