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Ventura county District Attorney's office wages campaign of personal revenge against raw milk farmers; resorts to tactics resembling North Korea

Friday, March 09, 2012
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
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Tags: James Stewart, Sharon Palmer, Ventura County

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(NaturalNews) NaturalNews can now report that James Stewart and Sharon Palmer are victims of an outrageous, almost unprecedented campaign of government terrorism against private citizens that's playing out across two counties today: Ventura County and Los Angeles County. There, officials have secretly made a pact to "destroy" James and Sharon, regardless of what laws and rights have to be broken in the process. As you will see below, the DA's offices in these two counties now harbor rogue, criminal elements who are using the power of the state of California to wage personal vengeance campaigns against innocent farmers.

The latest round of terrorism against these private citizens began last week. Upon appearing on time, as scheduled, for a preliminary hearing regarding the fabricated charges brought against them by Los Angeles County, James Stewart and Sharon Palmer were ambushed by gun-toting officials from Ventura County who engaged in what is being called "public theater" to make Stewart and Palmer appear to be guilty. They slapped them in handcuffs, marched them out of the courtroom, and then proceeded to kidnap them by "losing" them in the Ventura County criminal justice system where they literally disappeared for nearly five days.

Yes, that's right: These two prisoners were "lost in the system" and could not be located by anyone, anywhere. County officials had managed to hide them away in a secret location where not even law enforcement officials could reach them. NaturalNews has learned from inside sources that James Stewart was shackled for at least nine hours, stuffed away in an isolation cell where raw sewage was running across the floor. For several days, they were not allowed visitors, nor to even meet with attorneys.

Meanwhile, on the paperwork side, Ventura County had drummed up a $1 million warrant against James Stewart and another $2 million against Sharon Palmer. These are obviously excessive bail amounts which are almost never seen anywhere, including for suspected murders and rapists. Attorneys for the two were denied bail hearings until the very last minute allowable under state law, at which point a Judge finally heard the arguments against the excessive bail and agreed to drastically drop those bail outs.

Bail for James was dropped 90% to $100K, and for Sharon it was dropped 75% to $500K (which is still an extremely high amount for a financial case).

California's war against private citizens

As these tactics reveal, the District Attorney of Ventura County is openly engaged in outright character assassination against James Stewart and Sharon Palmer, and rather than seeking to uphold truth and justice, the DA has resorted to using every dirty trick in the book to destroy these two people. At this point, the battle in California has degenerated into a contest of rogue District Attorney criminals who openly and repeatedly violate their oaths of office to uphold justice and protect the right to be deemed innocent until proven guilty.

For example, the charges for which James and Sharon were recently arrested stemmed from a 2008 issue involving Sharon Palmer's difficulty in repaying investors of her farm. Since 2008, Sharon has engaged in an ongoing dialog with the DA's office in an effort to sort out the issues, and she has never missed a court appearance or a scheduled meeting on the matter. (

But rather than simply issuing a summons to appear, the Ventura County DA decided to stage a theatrical event and ambush James and Sharon in a Los Angeles County court hearing. This was done out of nothing more than a desire to seek personal revenge against James and Sharon. It had no legal justification whatsoever.

James Stewart, for one, has no investor relationship or ownership interest in Healthy Family Farms. Yet the DA told James' lawyer, Ajna Sharma-Wilson, that James was arrested and slapped with a $1 million warrant becuase he failed to return a phone call from the DA's office.

James was also targeted in this latest arrest merely because he knew Sharon Palmer -- so now in California, you can be arrested for merely knowing someone who is also being targeted by the state.

Supporters intimidated by Sheriff's deputies

Meanwhile, supporters of James and Sharon who appeared at the court hearing were physically and verbally intimidated by Sheriff's deputies who threatened them with arrest for waving small signs of support.

A covert photo has emerged showing Victoria Bloch and other members of the Weston A Price Foundation being surrounded by a gang of large deputies who were in the process of verbally intimidating them:

Additional photos and information available at:

Multiple millions of dollars spent by California to "get Sharon and James"

LA County has now presented over 3,000 pages of documents during document "discovery," in an attempt to overwhelm defense attorneys with information. What emerges from this, is the realization that the state of California has clearly spent millions of dollars investigating and attempting to prosecute these two people over the "crime" of selling raw milk.

Even the supposed crime of not being able to repay investors on schedule stems entirely from Sharon Palmer being forced into paying huge fines and legal fees by the county, thereby hampering her ability to repay investors on time. Thus, Ventura County actually forced her into a difficult financial situation and then charged her with felony crimes for being in that situation caused by the county itself!

Ventura County has added another 800 pages of discovery documents to the case, further attempting to overwhelm defense attorneys. It is clear from these activities (and others I've become aware of which cannot yet be made public) that prosecutors have made this PERSONAL and are waging a campaign of terrorism against private citizens in California in an overt attempt to destroy their lives.

What is happening to James Stewart and Sharon Palmer in no way resembles justice. In fact, NaturalNews has learned that the District Attorneys offices of both LA County and Ventura County are now rogue criminal gangs who operate far outside the law and who have utterly abandoned the wisdom of discretion in their zealous plot to destroy these two private citizens. It is becoming quite clear that the real criminals here are the DA's and prosecutors, and that the People of California should immediately call for their arrest and indictment for violating the civil rights of James Stewart and Sharon Palmer, violating due process, felony kidnapping and other charges.

Gregory D. Totten is the District Attorney of Ventura County, and it is his employees who are now acting as criminal gangs on a mission of terrorism against private citizens whose only real "crime" was selling unpasteurized milk. If Greg Totten allows this behavior to continue, he only cements his own legacy as a crime boss overseeing a criminal gang of prosecutors who routinely violate the law in their quest to destroy private citizens.

You can contact the Ventura County DA's office at:

Steve Cooley is the District Attorney of Los Angeles County. It is his employees who are also terrorizing James Stewart and Sharon Palmer while wasting untold millions of dollars in California taxpayer money.

You may contact the LA County DA's office at:

For the record, NaturalNews has reliable evidence that both the Ventura County and LA County DA's offices are wildly abusing their power and waging a campaign of personal revenge and the destruction of the lives of two individuals. These DA's offices are rogue, out-of-control criminal elements operating within the California justice system. Additional evidence will be made public in the near future. These people are wildly abusing their power to wage a campaign of revenge against two individuals who have embarrassed these DA offices.

For the record, there is much more to come, and NaturalNews will continue to bring you this news that no one else dare report. By the time this is finished, I have no doubt we will see prosecutors losing their jobs over all this, if not facing criminal charges or civil lawsuits themselves.

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