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Jurors sought lenience for Wis. organic farmer

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Four jurors in a case involving a Wisconsin farmer who sold raw milk say they asked the judge to be lenient when he sentenced the farmer for violating a holding order placed on his products.

A Wisconsin State Journal report says the jurors feel they passed judgment against organic farmer Vernon Hershberger without being given all the evidence.

They found Hershberger not guilty on charges that he produced milk and operated a dairy plant without a license, and illegally sold food in a retail establishment. But they found him guilty of violating the holding order because he admitted to doing so.

But 51-year-old Michele Bollfrass-Hopp of Merrimac says jurors weren't allowed to judge whether the holding order was valid.

Sauk County Judge Guy Reynolds fined Hershberger $1,500.

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