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Amish Sam UPDATE

Sam is in prison now. Federal prison where criminals live. Supposed criminals. Now that Sam is there — in Federal Prison where the U.S. Just Us system puts murderers and rapists and child molesters — I wonder how many real criminals we have amongst the hundreds of thousands incarcerated? But that’s for another day. Here’s the Amish Sam update, including where he is housed and how to write to him. The Appeal Sam has started the appeals process. It could take quite a while to get that underway . . . → Read More

Report from the Courtroom: Amish farmer Samuel Girod’s Sentencing

You’ve probably heard, but Sam Girod was sentenced to six years in federal prison for making herbal salve without the king’s permission, plus $1300 in what are essentially court costs, plus over $14,000 in restitution to his victims. He will also have three years of supervised release, is barred from owning firearms, and is barred from making any product regulated by the FDA. Sam will not be forced to undergo court ordered drug testing. See links to full story and trial in sidebar. Local News Coverage All of the . . . → Read More

Time to Contact our Representatives about Samuel Girod

It’s time to start sending letters, emails, calls to the 8 elected representatives below (9 if you count Melania). Here’s the plan in two steps: STEP 1: Have your letter and social media post handy in a text doc. You can copy and paste from the examples below or click here to download samples, then edit as you like. STEP 2: Open each person’s website/social media, copy and paste your note, and send. Click here to jump to the addresses. I tweeted, facebooked . . . → Read More

Complete (Condensed) Story: FDA vs. Samuel Girod

First, please sign and share the petition here: For a more detailed version of Sam’s story plus links to documents, click here. Feel free to copy, share and use as you like. Samuel Girod [G as in Gee: gi-ROD] and his family have been making and selling three all-natural herbal products for nearly 20 years. No one has ever been harmed by the products; the Girods have pages of testimonials and scores of repeat customers. Similar products are currently made and sold online . . . → Read More

The Trial: FDA v Samuel Girod Day 3 (Final)

Please sign the petition here. We need 50,000 sigs to get anyone’s attenion! The complete story is here. The final day of Sam Girod’s trial consisted of Sam calling one witness, himself, the prosecutor’s closing arguments, Sam’s closing arguments, jury instructions, jury deliberation, and the reading of the verdict. SAM’S DEFENSE We’ve been waiting the entire trial for Sam to defend himself. Because Sam represented himself, it would look silly for him to ask himself questions, so Sam wrote the questions for himself in . . . → Read More

The Trial: FDA v Samuel Girod Day 2

Complete story here. General Comments for Tuesday, February 28th, 2017: All of the federal witnesses are either federal employees (FDA or US Marshal) or they’re subpoenaed witnesses who clearly do not want to be there and they’re obviously sympathetic to Sam. In a few cases, the strain of being compelled to testify against Sam was almost more than they could take. A few of these witnesses were mad as wet hens and were outwardly antagonistic to the FDA and the federal prosecutor. For Sam’s customers, the prosecutor’s questioning . . . → Read More

Detailed story: FDA’s persecution of Samuel Girod.

First, please sign and share the petition here: This post explains the Girod indictment. Here are all the court documents on Sam’s entire case. There are two folders: the 1st is for the labeling, the 2nd is for the criminal indictment. Feel free to copy any of the articles about Sam and use HOWEVER you like: to hand out, to email, to republish on your blog — just get the word out. For a condensed version of Sam’s . . . → Read More

The Trial: FDA v Samuel Girod Day 1

Editor’s note: This was written by a friend who was at the trial yesterday. Complete story here. Of all of the bullshit federal cases, this ranks among the bullshittiest. The first couple of hours on Monday were jury selection. There seemed to be 50-80 potential jurors. They filed into the court, and back out, and back in, and back out, and back in, and back out, and back in. They finally seated a jury, 12 jurors and two alternates, eight women and six men. I . . . → Read More