I've blogged on the topic of decriminalizing drinking milk before. It's time for an update on one of the cases. It seems that a jury in Wisconsin mostly did the right thing last week. I say "mostly" because they didn't go far enough:
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.The good news is that Vernon Hershberger isn't going to jail on 3 out of 4 charges. What happens on the 4th charge is still up in the air. He still may have to do a year in jail and pay $10,000. The reason? He violated a "hold order".
Earlier in the day, the farmer testified that he felt betrayed by state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection officials who raided his farm in June 2010 and intentionally destroyed 2,000 pounds of milk.
He was afraid that DATCP would destroy other food as well. Hershberger said that is why he violated the hold order, taking some food for his family and allowing members of the buying club to remove items for their use.
"I prayed and meditated a lot," he said about the decision, which he described as an act of civil disobedience.Good for Mr. Hershberger! He should have violated that order. It was his property and the property of those who had paid for the food. The order was an illegal taking of property, even if they technically left it in his possession.
Lets hope the judge can see his way clear to let Mr. Hershberger off on the last charge. Vernon has suffered enough.