Last May he might have been the most hated man in America.
Billy Joe Gregg, a worker at Conklin Dairy Farms in Plain City, Ohio was filmed holding down newborn calves and stomping on their heads and wiring a cow's nose to a metal bar to beat it repeatedly with a crowbar. He also stabs cows with pitchforks and twists their tails until the bones break, in an undercover video.
Public reaction was swift and unforgiving . Celebrities like Jamie Lee Curtis, Christopher Guest and Alex Baldwin spoke out. Legislators framed tougher cruelty laws. Police had to be stationed at the farm over the Memorial Day weekend because of fear of reprisals.