The riveting, weeklong trial of Vernon Hershberger, the Wisconsin farmer charged with four counts relating to selling raw milk and cheese, ended on May 25th with the jury finding him not guilty on 3 of the 4 charges – giving raw milk advocates hope that public support for the legalization of unpasteurized dairy products is gaining momentum.
Hershberger was declared innocent of producing milk without a license, selling milk and cheese products without a license, and operating a retail establishment without a license. He was found guilty of one count of breaking a holding order issued by the state in June 2010, which prohibited Hershberger from selling or distributing any of the food he produced without a license. Hershberger faces up to 1 year in prison and a maximum penalty of $10,000.
“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,” said Hershberger.
The not guilty verdict on the other three counts means that Hershberger can continue to sell raw milk and raw milk products to members of his buying club – ensuring that Wisconsin residents who rely on raw milk for health benefits have at least one way to get it.
Read The Wall Street Journal’s coverage of the trial, and watch a short clip here:
Read the full press release on Hershberger verdict here:
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