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UPDATE: Attorneys for raw milk farmer file an appeal

SAUK COUNTY (WKOW) -- Attorneys for a Wisconsin raw milk farmer have appealed his conviction.
The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund hired lawyers to represent Vernon Hershberger at his trial in Sauk County. He was found not guilty of three counts of selling raw milk without proper licenses, but guilty of violating a food hold order. Attorneys say they filed an appeal on that conviction with District IV the Wisconsin Court of Appeals Tuesday. A previous news release stated the organization would file the appeal on Wednesday, the deadline to do so. A corrected news release went out later on Wednesday.
One of Hershberger's attorneys, Elizabeth Rich, says, "Had the jury been given enough information to understand the totality of the circumstances, we believe they wouldn't have convicted Vernon of violating the holding order. His conviction was not consistent with the jury's acquittal on the other three counts."
Hershberger faced a fine in excess of $10,000 for the one count in which he was found guilty. The judge only sentenced him to a $1,000 fine plus mandatory court assessments. He was given no jail or probation time.
SAUK COUNTY (WKOW) -- A Wisconsin farmer at the center of the controversial raw milk issue plans to appeal his recent conviction.

Vernon Hershberger was found not guilty of selling raw milk without proper licenses, but guilty of violating a food holding order. The case out of Sauk County gained national attention.

Wednesday morning attorneys representing Hershberger said they plan to appeal the verdict. They were hired by the Farm-To-Consumer Legal Defense Fund. The deadline for an appeal is today.


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