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State Supreme Court won’t hear raw milk case

Vernon Hershberger sits in court during his trial in Baraboo, Wis. The Wisconsin dairy farmer, who has vigorously fought for the right to sell unpasteurized raw milk, lost an appeal Thursday, July 17, 2013 over a misdemeanor conviction stemming from a state raid of his farm in 2010. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Gary Porter, Pool, File)

Vernon Hershberger sits in court during his trial in Baraboo in July. The state Supreme Court on Friday refused to consider whether he was properly convicted of selling raw milk in 2013. (AP File Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Gary Porter, Pool)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Supreme Court has refused to consider whether a Sauk County farmer was properly convicted of selling raw milk in 2013.

Vernon Hershberger had asked the court to review his 2013 conviction for violating a holding order on the sales of raw milk from his farm.

He argued he operates a private buying club that’s not subject to the same rules as a farmer. He also argued that he wouldn’t have been found guilty had an unedited copy of the order been placed into evidence and a judge blocked him from introducing evidence to bolster his defense.

The 4th District Court of Appeals rejected his arguments last summer. The high court announced Friday it wouldn’t take the case. The justices did not offer any explanation.

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