Wisconsin State Farmer
May 30, 2013 9:49 a.m.
Loganville farmer Vernon Hershberger was all smiles at the end of a weeklong trial when a Sauk County jury found him not guilty on three counts related to the sale of raw milk on his farm. He was found guilty on one count – violation of a holding order following a raid on his farm in 2010.
The prosecution – led by attorneys from the Department of Justice and Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) – had presented its evidence first, resting their case at mid-day on Thursday (May 23.)
The Sauk County district attorney had declined to prosecute Hershberger, so the case fell to state attorneys.
The defense called as witnesses Hershberger’s father, Daniel, an Ohio Amish man, Hershberger’s wife Erma, several members of the buyer’s club he operates on his farm and Hershberger himself before resting its case late on Friday afternoon.
The jury deliberated until turning in its verdict at 1 a.m. on Saturday morning.
"I think they’ll think twice about bringing charges like this again," lead defense attorney Glen Reynolds told reporters after the verdict.
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