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Federal Court Gets Motion To Consider Eagle Cove Case


A recent federal court development could reopen the possibility of a federal court review of a long  running case arising in Oneida county.

An attempt by the Jaros family to  have federal courts overturn local zoning decisions decided  by Oneida county, its Board of Adjustment,  and the town of Woodboro  ended last year when the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to hear the case.  A part of that case was refiled in Wisconsin's state court system and remains pending in Oneida County's Circuit Court.

The family hopes to build Eagle Cove Camp and Conference Center on family-owned land on Squash lake west of Rhinelander. The needed permits were denied and the family took the matter to U.S. District Court in Madison and the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals where their arguments were denied.

Now a new development: the  7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago has  ruled  in a prisoner's religious liberties case also originating with Judge William Conley in Madison that the 7th  Circuit had decided a key part of Eagle Cove case contrary to more recent  rulings  of the U.S. Supreme Court. A source says  since a portion of the Eagle Cove case has been overruled, a motion has been filed asking Judge Conley to reopen that part of the federal case.

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