Wednesday, January 9, 2013

After Victory, Raw Milk Farmer Faces Same Charges in Different County (Updated)

Heather Callaghan
Activist Post

Last September, Alvin Schlangen and his many supporters witnessed a victory when three charges were dropped against him in Hennepin county, Minnesota thanks to jury nullification.

But now he is facing six charges in Stearns county - his home county - three of which are identical to the ones he was acquitted of just a few months ago in Hennepin. Those included selling raw milk, operating without a food license, and handling adulterated food.

If Alvin's motion is successful, those will be thrown out, but he will face three more misdemeanors including failing to maintain proper temperature for organic eggs, selling meat that should not have been possessed (?), and removing or disposing food embargoed by state food safety inspectors.

See how you can help below - Updated.

Alvin is expected to go to jury trial again possibly early this year, although Judge Thomas Knapp has not set a date. He is giving each side three weeks to file written arguments in response to the motion to dismiss the three charges similar to the ones he was acquitted of in Hennepin.

Defense attorney, Nathan M. Hansen, wishes that the charges Schlangen was already acquitted of in Minneapolis also be dropped in this case as part of “one continuous indivisible court of action motivated by a unity of purpose.”

Alvin, an organic farmer, doesn't produce the raw milk; he provides it along with other fresh food options to his members through his farm club called Freedom Farms Co-op. Food Farm Freedom Coalition explains:
Alvin Schlangen is a peaceful farmer who connects people with the food sources that meet their high standards for health by providing private access under lawful ownership of farm animals. the member owners pay the Amish farm family for labor to milk the leased 100% grass-fed cows, manage the pasture, store the feed, etc....The balance of food options are purchased by the club, for the members. The group has multiple farm sources providing real food to member families - very efficiently, with lots of volunteer effort.
It seems that the legal battles small farmers face are never ending - they endure a lot of stress and financial burdens. Alvin's battles have been raging for more than two years now with threats of fines and prison, and he has been the target of multiple raids and inspections. His many supporters have flocked to help him at rallies which Alvin attends and speaks, even signing a food declaration of independence.

Although the Minnesota Department of Agriculture is aggressive towards its small farms and farm clubs, Minnesota has a trove of liberty to combat it: informed jurors.

These are the people who helped Alvin in September when he was tried for "crimes" that harmed no one. Do you see how the county came back around trying him for the same charges in Hennepin and adding other arbitrary violations? Technically he broke the law (or codes), but the jury has the power to say "So what?" and keep him a free man. This is how bad laws are nullified in the face of constant persecution. Please read and distribute information about jury rights and additional guidelines in the Citizen's Rule Book.

Defense and pro-liberty attorney Nathan Hansen advised that supporters of Alvin Schlangen can contact Governor Mark Dayton's - a contact form appears here. We could use that form to complain about the MDA's ongoing (lengthy and expensive) persecution of people who want to eat the food they want to eat.

Also recommended as a direct way to help Alvin is donating to Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund on his behalf. FTCLDF is a non-profit organization set up to directly help persecuted farmers like Alvin with their legal battles.

We will post updates accordingly. The greatest thing we can do is make sure we know our juror veto rights and spread the word to others.

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Anonymous said...

Amendment V

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

m said...

They don't go after murderers this hard.

Does this prove harrassment? Seems to this uneducated grandmother that he and others need to go on the offensive, legally.

Anonymous said...

That's how it goes with 'em raw milk terrorists and their tits of mass destruction...or is it milk production?

Anonymous said...

If only our corporate government pursued economic terrorists a/k/a banksters with the same fervor they pursue farmers they'd be all in jail now.

arthurdecco said...

"If only our corporate government pursued economic terrorists a/k/a banksters with the same fervor they pursue farmers they'd be all in jail now."

I think they would have been executed by now for their heinous crimes against the citizens responsible for their enrichment.

Anonymous said...

Selling meat that should not have been "possessed"?

Should the farmer have been required to produce a signed and stamped certificate from the Vatican certifying that his meat has never been possessed by the Mesopotamian wind demon Pazuzu?

Anonymous said...

Its easy to see with the hundreds of thousands of heavily armed street gangs in major metros that these farmers are the real threat that MUST BE STOPPED!

Anonymous said...

In our Constitutional Republic, we elect 'servants' that have sworn to serve us in carrying out the duties of government, however, these servants seem to be acting in the interest of Big Agribusiness, rather than the interest of the people and Constitution for which they've sworn to serve and uphold. With such a blatant act of treason, the people should not wait until the next rigged election to depose these wicked servants. The mightiest force in the land is an informed & unified public; not a government bureaucrat.

Fred said...

Its fresh milk not raw milk.

Anonymous said...

I think the guy should sue them back on definition of adulterated food. Since he sells unmodified, unchanged food (raw food), he can sue them for defamation. Everything that these gangsters sell in stores is adulterated.

Angel said...

I like what Fred said: it's FRESH milk. Well throw me in jail for liking something not tainted by chemicals and crap!

This is Codex Alimentarius, people. We need to wage war hard. This is tied in with EVERYthing going on right now. Control over our plate from allowing GMO's, not labeling them, lying to people about research they've supposedly done to prove their safe, etc.

Stand up, people. This IS war!

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