“In the end, Michael Hartmann made the best deal he could–if he was going to save his family–when he pleaded guilty Monday to two misdemeanors in connection with sales of raw milk and other foods, and agreed to pay a fine of $585. Seven other misdemeanor charges were dismissed in the process.
According to news accounts, he was placed under non-supervised parole for six months and ordered to comply with all state labeling and licensing regulations.
In the end, also, Hartmann went alone to his fate. He didn’t want supporters present, and he has many. Perhaps he went alone because this particular court case had become a private matter between himself and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. There was no glory in copping a plea, so why have supporters waste their time and energy coming, he may have reasoned. (He hasn’t been talking to the media, nor has he wanted media attention when I’ve spoken with him over the last year.) Continue reading