The following is a press release from Globe News Wire. Luckily this was a jury case of citizens which reflects in my mind that we the people still have a small holding in this corporate run culture. The press release is as follows:
Baraboo, Wisconsin, May 28, 2013--
--After a lo
ng and riveting
week in court for raw dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger, the jury returned a verdict
of three "not
guilty" counts and one count "guilty" for violation of a holding order.
The Wisconsin Department of Agricultural Trade and
Consumer Protection (DATCP) targeted Hershberger for supplying a private buying
club with fresh milk and other farm products.
Hershberger and supporters are happy with the three
counts of not guilty and feel that this sets a precedent for other farmers who seek
to feed their communities through private direct trade. Following the verdict, which came at 1:30
Saturday morning, May 25, Hershberger told supporters:
" I am extremely grateful to the almighty God
that I have been acquitted from the first 3 criminal counts that were filed
against me: operating a retail food establishment without a license, operating
without a milk producer's license and operating without a dairy plant license.
I am very proud of the people in Sauk County who
served on the jury for sending the message to the state and DATCP that it is
absolute nonsense and a complete waste of tax dollars to interfere with peaceful
peoples' natural right to peacefully assemble to procure the foods of their
choice from the producer of their choice.
The 4th count, violating the holding order, which I
was found guilty of, carries a penalty of 1 year in jail and up to $10,000 fine
and to pay the state the value of all the products moved that were under the
holding order. The maximum penalty is still a small price to pay compared to
the price of a guilty conscience because of letting good food spoil while
families with small children are in need of it.
I consider it a great honor to suffer for the cause of the truth and the
good of my community."
The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, of which
Hershberger is a member, retained attorneys Glenn Reynolds and Elizabeth Rich
to represent him at trial. Rich called the verdict "a victory for the food
Vernon's supporters and food freedom activists came to Baraboo to participate
in events organized by the Farm Food Freedom Coalition throughout the week of the trial.
Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund defends the rights and broadens the freedoms of family farms
and artisan food producers while protecting consumer access to raw milk and
nutrient-dense foods. Those concerned can support the FTCLDF, a U.S. based
501(c)(4) nonprofit, by joining or donating online at http://farmtoconsumer.org
or by calling 703-208-FARM (3276).
Farm Food Freedom Coalition wants to
ensure that America's treasures, our independent farms and ranches, are able to
thrive. We aim to preserve our agricultural heritage and the future
availability of traditional, farm fresh foods. Americans want and deserve the
freedom to choose natural, unprocessed foods for generations to come. Visit our
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