Court: Amish man failed to make case for no permit
July 19, 2012
An Amish man failed to show how obtaining a permit for his new sawmill violates his religion, a state appeals court ruled Thursday.
The 4th District Court of Appeals found Joni Borntreger's arguments too vague to conclude the permit requirements infringed on his beliefs and kicked his case back to the circuit court level. The ruling reversed a decision by Jackson County Circuit Judge Thomas E. Lister, who initially ordered Borntreger to pay a forfeiture before changing his mind and dismissing the case.