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Jurors deliberate in raw milk trial

Vernon Hershberger is accused of operating an unlicensed retail store selling raw milk

BARABOO,Wis. - Jurors in the criminal trial of Sauk County farmer Vernon Hershberger are deliberating whether to convict him of operating a retail store without a license and selling raw milk and other products.

According to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinal article, the jury has indicated they will work to reach a decision tonight to finish the week-long trial.

Hershberger is facing four charges, including producing dairy and other products without a license and disobeying a holding order against his products.

The trial has drawn attention from national "food freedom" advocates who have flocked to Baraboo hoping to hear a favorable verdict in a case that could set a national precedent.

The 41-year-old farmer testified in court Friday that he was willing to work with state officials to reach a compromise, according to the article. The prosecution maintained he knowingly broke the law after refusing to let inspectors onto his property.

Jurors have made it clear they wish to remain in the courthouse until they reach a verdict.

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