Judge's Ruling Awaited for Amish Who Failed to Get Permits
April 21, 2014
A judge withheld ruling Monday whether forfeiture cases should continue against several Amish families who failed to get the proper county-required building and sanitary permits before constructing residences about three years ago.
The Eau Claire County case is the first of its kind in the state, according to Eau Claire attorney Matthew Krische, who says signing the permits is in violation of the Old Order Amish’s sincere religious beliefs and requested the cases be dismissed.
Eau Claire County Judge Kristina Bourget heard about a combined hour of comments by Krische and assistant county attorney Heather Wolske before indicating she would issue a ruling on an unspecified date. Another hearing is set for July 17, with a one-day trial scheduled for Aug. 6.
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