The Fight for California Raw Milk We’ve received an announcment from Organic Pastures Dairy Company:

Federal Grand Jury Subpoenas and Testimony cancelled for OPDC and its Employees

April 4, 2008

The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund received word from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Fresno, California that the grand jury testimony of two Organic Pastures Dairy Company employees was cancelled for April 3. The Legal Defense Fund’s legal team had previously contacted the prosecutor’s office and expressed a willingness to share documents and proffer other evidence so that the prosecution could make an informed decision about whether it was appropriate to proceed to grand jury at this time.  The cancellation of the grand jury testimony was apparently in response to the Fund’s actions.  At this time, therefore, the grand jury proceedings have been temporarily suspended. …

This is good news. The long story is one of those creepy things, covered quite well by David Gumpert at — Of Nighttime Agent Visits, Phone Tapes, and Secret Wires: Now OPDC Is Target of a Grand Jury Investigation into Raw Milk.

What’s also heartening from the announcement is the following statement by an attorney for the The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund:

Fund attorney Gary Cox stated "a proffer of evidence gives the prosecutor the opportunity to compare what we tell him with what his investigators tell him, and it may clear up any misunderstandings the Assistant U.S. Attorney may have on whether probable cause exists that a crime has been committed. We hope he takes us up on our offer."


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