The Lost People: Amish vs NAIS

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Posted September 26, 2009 6:20 pm CST

by Paul Griepentrog

The Lost People: Part II

A way of life was put on trial in Neillsville Wisconsin on September 23rd, in the case against Emanuel Miller Jr., having been charged under complaint for civil forfeiture because he refused to register his property under the state’s premise registration program.  The morning session was devoted to the evidentiary hearing in which the state, represented by Clark Co. district attorney Darwin Zwieg and Bonnie Walksmuth, a court appointed attorney representing Emanuel Miller, presented evidence on behalf of the parties.

The afternoon session was devoted to the trial phase and concluded around 4 o’clock, at which time Judge Jon Counsell gave instructions that upon the completion of the trial transcript, there would be thirty days to file motions, fifteen days after to file rebuttals, oral arguments would occur seven days later, and then he would make his final decision.

Close to a hundred Amish were in attendance both from the local area and those who had come from other groups in a show of solidarity for Emanuel.  There were three reporters and eight non-Amish present other than the witnesses for the state and defendant.  Conspicuous by their absence were the representatives of the groups claiming to be fighting NAIS.  The only group showing support was the Wisconsin Independent Consumers and Farmers Association (WICFA) by the presence of their president, C.J. Cordell and his wife Jessica.  Continue reading

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