The “Vindictive” Aftermath of the Vernon Hershberger Trial

Last month, Wisconsin farmer Vernon Hershberger was acquitted on 3 of 4 charges related to the sales of raw milk and raw milk products. On Friday, state officials filed a motion to revoke Hershberger’s bail, claiming he violated bail conditions.

As part of his bail conditions set in 2012, Hershberger was barred from selling dairy products until obtaining the proper licenses. Friday’s motion cites a newspaper article that quoted Hershberger as saying that he continued to sell raw milk and other products to his buyers’ club after the state ordered him to stop in June 2010.

Hershberger was acquitted of 3 charges of producing and selling dairy without proper state licenses, but was found guilty of violating the holding order. This meant that Hershberger was required to continue to adhere to his original bail conditions. Hershberger’s attorney, Glenn Reynolds, expressed disappointment in the state’s motion to revoke bail of a father of 10, who was almost entirely found innocent in his recent trail.

“It seems vindictive in my view,” Reynolds said. “He goes to trial and wins and now they want to put him in jail? What is the point of this sort of motion?”

The court heard the motion on Monday, June 3rd, and the  judge decided to wait until the sentencing hearing.

For more information: http://wislawjournal.com/2013/06/02/state-seeks-to-revoke-raw-milk-farmers-bail/

See the press release issued by Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund: http://www.farmtoconsumer.org/news_wp/?p=9673

The Campaign for Real Milk is a project of the Weston A. Price Foundation.

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Raw Milk Trial Ends in Victory for Food Rights

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:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324125504578509453007615858.html

Read the full press release on Hershberger verdict here:

http://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2013/05/28/550238/10034247/en/Jury-Finds-Peaceful-Farmer-Does-Not-Need-Licenses.html

Realmilk.com is a project of the nutrition education non-profit, The Weston A. Price Foundation.

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