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The judge, Guy Reynolds, is essentially directing the jury how to vote and what they are allowed to hear....The whole case hinges on these words that are banned.
List of things struck from the trial - this stems from the judge's agreement with prosecution before the trial began. He has sided with the State every step of the way:
The words “raw milk” are not allowed to be spoken during the trial.
No talk about safety or health reasons - this made it impossible for witnesses to talk about why they went to his farm.
According to Josh Tolley, talk of "natural foods" was not allowed.
No talk of whether there was criminal intent in not obtaining a license - Note: shouldn't that right there be cause for jury nullification?
Can't talk about criminal intent - then where is the crime? Also, you can't obtain a license for fresh food or memberships in Wisconsin!
Photos from the farm were argued against and called "irrelevant."
No discussion of why his farm was initially raided in 2010.
No talk of herd shares or memberships - how did the witnesses discuss? Very carefully, see below
A woman wearing a "Got Initiative?" shirt was told to remove it before entering because it hinted at a reference. A picture of her appears on one of the Facebook updates I'm watching.
Mark McAffe was ordered to cover his shirt because it said: "get raw milk."
A teenager wearing a "Raw Milk Me" button was asked to remove it before entering.
Defense testimony from one of Vernon Hershberger's buying club members since 2004, Joseph Plasterer, as to how he came to seek out farm's food.
Plasterer: We were looking for some natural milk sources, in early 2004.
Defense lawyer: Did you come and meet the Hershbergers?
Plasterer: Yes. We asked if we could be part of the farm…
Defense: Did you have a reason?
Plasterer: My son was not thriving…"
Judge Guy Reynolds: Sustained
Plasterer: We wanted access to unproc food that was higher qual that would not be available from the stores.
Judge Reynolds: Sustained. Strike the answer. The jury is to ignore that.
Inspector Jackie Owens admitted on the stand that it is not illegal to have a farm, grow your own and consume those goods. That did not stop her from barging in while Vernon was away, without a warrant, to do a sneak-attack inspection that led to destruction of his food. One investigator admitted that she knew they were destroying his family's personal food stores, but did it anyway.
Originally posted by minkmouse
This is the stuff that people will one day no longer tolerate and when that day comes the war will begin! Why, I have to wonder isn't the group involved in the actions of your last quote up on charges of breaking and entering? Well so much for my peaceful easy Sunday
Originally posted by DestroyDestroyDestroy
Justice in America is such a sham. I hope this information goes viral and the Hershbergers get a fair trial out of it. So sickening.
Originally posted by daryllyn
I have followed this story off and on since it's conception. He has been through the ringer and I really feel for him. His struggle is far from over and it seems so unfair. How on earth does he have a chance in hell of beating this with that kind of censorship?
And, don't these people have some actual crime to fight somewhere? Aren't there an awful lot of criminals in Washington?
Is it just me, or does it seem that things are backwards anymore?
S&F for you, sir.
Originally posted by elouina
This is entirely wrong and the constitution and the supreme court will protect him. Unfortunately this only gets to happen after his trial. This is one of those rare instances that something needs to be done sooner and we need to think of a way. A mistrial is out of the question since the judge needs to do this. Thinking caps folks, thinking caps... Lets do something instead of sitting here gasping at how awful it is. We have a lot of bright energetic minds that can do a lot of good here.
Originally posted by elouina
reply to post by jude11
Hey Jude, I am working on it right as I type. I will find a way!
edit on 26-5-2013 by elouina because: (no reason given)
Baraboo — Dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger was acquitted on three of four criminal charges early Saturday morning in a trial that drew national attention from supporters of the raw, unpasteurized milk movement.
Jurors in Sauk County Circuit Court deliberated about four hours, until nearly 1 a.m. Saturday, before returning a verdict of guilty on one charge of violating a holding order placed on products on the Hershberger farm following a raid there in the summer of 2010.