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Jury Nullification | 14 Aug 2013

-Hershberger Press Conference Regarding Appeal in Jury Nullification Case


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We received this update from Food Freedom USA on the recent Vernon Hershberger raw milk jury nullification case. You may recall that Hershberger’s jury not only acquitted him of 3 of 4 offenses, but when jurors learned after convicting him on a hold order violation that pertinent information was redacted from the evidence they viewed, they spoke out publicly against their own conviction. Hershberger is appealing his conviction on that charge and will be holding a press conference on August 17th at his victory celebration/ice cream social at Grazin’ Acres Farm. Some of the jurors from his trial will be present at the social. Details follow for those interested in attending:

Dairy Farmer Hershberger to Hold Press Conference on Upcoming Appeal
by ADMIN on AUGUST 12, 2013

Victory Celebration August 17
Ice Cream provided by Castle Rock Organic Farms

Jurors Who Acquitted Dairyman in Criminal Trial to Join in Ice Cream Social

What: Farmer Vernon Hershberger of Wisconsin, recently acquitted on 3 of 4 criminal charges for food distribution, will host a press conference on his farm regarding his appeal of the 4th charge. Members of the press are invited to attend. Jurors from his trial and members of the Grazin’ Acres farm club will attend.

When: Saturday, August 17, 2013 Press Conference 10:20-11:45 a.m. followed by ice cream social 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: Grazin’ Acres Farm, South 6145 Highway 23,
Loganville, WI 53943 [directions]

Who: Vernon Hershberger, Farmer; David Gumpert, author and blogger; Max Kane, founder of FarmMatch.com; Elizabeth Rich, attorney and FTCLDF vice president

Visuals: Raw milk ice cream, children with cones, farm scenery, dairy cows, jurors, Mothers and children, attorneys from the trial

Background: In January 2012 Vernon Hershberger was arraigned at the Sauk County Courthouse on four criminal misdemeanor charges for violations of the state food and dairy code. During his trial from May 20 to 25, 2013, the judge forbade mention of the term “raw milk,” he redacted many documents in Hershberger’s defense and even banned the defense from using the term “liberty.” At the conclusion of the trial, Hershberger was found not guilty on 3 of the 4 counts with a guilty verdict on the fourth count of violating a holding order. After the verdict, when the jury had a chance to read some of the articles about the trial, they sent letters to the judge asking for leniency on the sentencing. Several of the jurors have since become friends with Hershberger, including going to his farm and signing up for his buying club.

The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF) is defending Hershberger and filed an appeal on his one guilty verdict.

Background on the case: Vernon Hershberger or VernonHershberger.com
Previous Press Release about this case: Farmer Faces Jail for Feeding Community
For additional information on raw milk: realmilk.com and farmtoconsumer.org/map

CONTACT – Pete Kennedy, Esq., President, Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund
703-208-3276, info@farmtoconsumer.org