Man Jailed With $1 Million Bail For Heinous Crime Of Selling Milk


According to Natural News, a California man named James Stewart is alleging torture at the hands of Los Angeles County law enforcement officers after his arrest for selling raw milk.

This from a federal government which holds that pizza is a vegetable.

NaturalNews can now report that 65-year-old senior citizen James Stewart, a raw milk farmer with no criminal history, was nearly tortured to death in the LA County jail this past week. He survived a “week of torturous Hell” at the hands of LA County jail keepers who subjected him to starvation, sleep deprivation, hypothermia, loss of blood circulation to extremities, verbal intimidation, involuntary medical testing and even subjected him to over 30 hours of raw biological sewage filth containing dangerous pathogens.

This is from a county that has targeted and terrorized James Stewart for the supposed crime of selling fresh milk containing “dangerous pathogens.” That’s right – the only “crime” James has ever committed is being the milk man and distributing milk that is openly and honestly kept fresh and raw instead of pasteurized.

I don’t know how seriously to take some of these allegations, but it’s true that Mr. Stewart was arrested for selling raw milk. His bail was set at $1 million.

The bail set for accused pedophile Jerry Sandusky in the now-infamous Penn State molestation case? $100,000.

Meanwhile, in France, they’re putting raw milk vending machines on the streets.

Raw milk isn’t for me, personally. But if American citizens, conscious of the choice they’re making, choose to buy raw milk despite whatever risks may exist, should the government really be arresting them for making that choice? Or making the choice to service that demand?

But remember, according to the Obama administration, Americans “do not have a fundamental right to obtain any food [they] wish.”

It’s one thing for the government to warn about the dangers of certain products. It’s quite another to control those choices. Americans should be free to make their own choices about their food and their health, even if the government thinks they’re bad choices.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • borborygmi

    over reach and injustice

  • Edd

    I agree Rob, I think there is some hype about the treatment of Mr. Stewart, but the bigger issue is the right of free choice of what you put in your body.  I’m for regulations setting standards that a producer must meet, and then let the consumer decide if they want it or not.  Even in ND it is illegal to sell Raw (unpasteurized) milk, while in other states they have set up standards to me.  I believe part of this is mainstream food companies using government to maintain market share, because if it was only about safety they would have minimum standards that would assure consumer health.  

    • Rob

      I’m for the government facilitating informed decisions.  But if someone, after learning that a particular food is unhealthy, decides to eat it anyway that’s their choice.

      Like you say, it’s about who gets to choose.

      • borborygmi

         of course  the public gets stuck with the medical bill. 

        • Libertarian42

          Only under Obamacare.  We’re supposed to be a free society, where liberty trumps all else.  If we let the government dictate what food we eat, what else is left of freedom?

  • $8194357

    Just like it came from the cow…
    Government reaction?
    Just like it came from the KGB….

  • bikebubba

    OK, I’m fine with raw milk–though I’d want to see the farm before drinking it myself, being leery of a lack of pasteurization combined with udders soaked in manure.  If bail is indeed at a million bucks for selling it, call me confused.

    That said, the source here is pegging my BS sensor.  “Torture” in the police station?  Starvation?  Sleep deprivation?  I’ll believe mediocre food, a hard bed, and uncomfortable questioning, but I’m not buying this report.

    • Sparkie Arbuckle

      If you are worried about udders soaked in manure, then you don’t get it.

      One would want to see the farm, but they ought to be interested in the prevalence of mastitis among the cattle, not the presence of dried cow shit on the outside of their udders.  Where did you even get that from?

      The reason why the Hood factory needs to pasteurize their milk is because it’s not milk, it’s about 80% milk and 20% puss resulting from cows with mastitis.

      Small farms who take care of their cows can be more likely to avoid some of this problems.

      The bail is absurd, the sort of thing that judges ought to be impeached for.

      • bikebubba

        Sparkless, I mention udders with manure clinging to them because that’s what you see first off when you look at a lot of the large dairy operations.  I’m no fan of mastitis, either, but it seems to me that the obvious presence of e coli on the udder trumps that.

        • Sparkie Arbuckle

          Manure does not equal e coli.

          Milk comes from the inside of udders, not the outside.

          Most udders are not put into pumping machines dirty.

          • bikebubba

            OK, I’m going to help you out here.  Yes, manure = e coli, because e coli is necessary to have your colon work properly, and while it’s possible to clean off an udder that has obvious manure on it, the porous nature of skin will tend to retain some of it.

            Hence, if the cattle are filthy from their feedlot experience, I’m going to tend to say “why don’t you pasteurize that before you give it to me?”.

            It’s also worth noting that not only do fed cattle have more manure on their bodies, but they also have an acidic environment which tends to select more virulent strains of e coli.  So it’s really a double whammy.

            Doesn’t mean that mastitis is no issue, but manure on teats is a great way of spotting dairies that require pasteurization.

          • Sparkie Arbuckle

            E coli?  Yawn.  I think I must be immune to it from being brought up in, largely, livestock manure.

            If you are a hand sanitizer type, stay away from raw milk.  It probably will kill your weak ass.

    • Rob

      I agree, the accusations of torture strike me as bunk (to be fair, they’re coming from the accused himself, but still).

      What’s true, though, is that he was arrested for something that’s pretty silly.

    • Sparkie Arbuckle
  • Jimmypop

    he broke the law. like it or not, he broke the law. don’t like it? change the law.

    the most important part of your thread….. $1M bail. i just don’t understand this insanity. i did a quick google search and it said the average bail bond in cali is $20,000. this guy is THAT bad? really?

    • Rob

      Tell me how we go about changing the law if we don’t first raise awareness as to how unfair the law is?

      • suitepotato

         There’s nothing unfair about the law. Show the actual article or amendment to the US Constitution or the Constitution of the State of California enshrining a right to eat, inject, etc., anything you want. You can’t, you never will, so you go on whining like a liberal about how “unfair” it is, rather than dealing with the fact that there is nothing unconstitutional or illegal about the law. Once again, your point is that of a liberal, “I should be able to do whatever I want and no one can tell me what to do and if they do I’m a victim and it is unfair. Boo hoo.”

        Grow up already.

        • Rob

          Stupid me.  Here I thought this was a free country.

        • Libertarian42

          You might want to re-learn what the Constitution does. It grants power to the federal government.  If it’s not enumerated in the Constitution, then they don’t have that power and it’s left to the people and the states.

          I don’t see where in the Constitution it gives the government the power to put a gun to his head and take away his liberty because he chose to sell something that is not “approved” by the government. We’re not talking about drugs. We’re talking about freakin’ milk.

    • Demosthenes

      Court record should show why bail was set so high.

      • Jimmypop

        fair enough….. i guess ill wait to see why the bail is so low on everyone else.

  • bikebubba

    Here are a couple of links about this.  Interestingly, the New American is one of few places covering the case.

    It does not appear that there is clear evidence of pathogens, just a lack of permits “needed” to sell products.

  • Davoarid

    “He survived a “week of torturous Hell” at the hands of LA County jail keepers who subjected him to starvation, sleep deprivation, hypothermia, loss of blood circulation to extremities, verbal intimidation, involuntary medical testing and even subjected him to over 30 hours of raw biological sewage filth containing dangerous pathogens.”

    I thought we all agreed that that wasn’t torture.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    If this guy had only sold guns to Mexican drug cartels then he would be a free man.

    • borborygmi

      Free enterprise. IRA supports gun ownership.  Conservatives believe that gun ownership means safety.   Mexican USA border safest place or a least a close tie with Afghanistan where everyone has a gun.

  • CowboyUp

    Whoever has responsibility for a person’s health care has the right to make all decisions that effect that person’s health.  Socialized medicine is incompatible with individual liberty.   The poor fools who think the government will invade every other part of a person’s body and life except their womb and sex life are in for a rude surprise.

  • Mwn560

    I think if he has insurance against anything that might go wrong goes wrong he should be able to sell the milk, If he doesn’t then he can’t sell it. Does he carry product liability ins? If an insurance company will back him, then he should be able to sell the milk. If not then no, you can’t sell the milk. If I get sick or get mad cow diease from the milk, an insurance company will owe me, if it’s good enough for them it’s good enough for me.