Whatever happened to the Rawesome Three (James Stewart, Sharon Palmer, Victoria Bloch)?
Whatever happened to the felony case against the Rawesome Three?
Whatever happened to Rawesome Food Club?
We know the answer to the third question–just take a look at the photo I snapped in the Venice section of Los Angeles today. The tiny Rawesome Food Club remains locked up tight, adorned by a large sign of protest.
The judge overseeing the case in Los Angeles County Criminal Court, Upinder Kalra, seemed to be wondering about the first two questions at a hearing today on the case. The hearing was ostensibly about setting a date for a pretrial hearing, at which a judge will decide whether there is enough evidence to proceed with a trial.
“We need to proceed on probable cause,” Kalra told the assembled defendants and the lawyers from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.
But there were technicalities to work out. James Stewart, the owner of Rawesome, had previously decided to represent himself in the case, and today filed a motion to withdraw his not-guilty plea, under which he agreed to not have anything to do with raw milk or the Rawesome club. “I was unaware of my constitutional rights” when he made the plea, Stewart told the judge.
The judge told Stewart he needed more specific reasons, related to the evidence in the case. But since Stewart hasn’t seen the “discovery”–the state’s evidence–because it was in the hands of his original attorney, the judge ordered the L.A. County District Attorney’s office to ensure he receives the information by Feb. 8….”