Amos Miller, the agribusinessman from Bird-In-Hand, Pennsylvania, continues to file paperwork in court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
It’s unclear if the docs take him down a rabbit hole or if there might be a legal strategy somewhere.
Miller owns farmland in several states and has a nationwide business reach involving approximately 4,000 customers through a buyers club that delivers meat, eggs, dairy, and fermented fruits and vegetables.
Nearly six years ago, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), represented by the U.S. Department of Justice, filed a civil lawsuit seeking to compel Miller and his Miller Organic Farm to comply with federal meat and poultry food safety laws.
The DOJ sought to force Miler to operate under the “Federal Concession of Inspection” before his farm could slaughter, prepare, process or sell for distribution any meat or poultry products.
According to the DOJ, federally inspected establishments must:
- Demonstrate the ability to meet USDA-FSIS requirements for the production of safe, wholesome, and properly labeled products.
- Meet sanitation, installation and operating standards.
- Have food safety programs.
The DOJ obtained permanent injunctions against Miller in closed civil actions in March 2017 and November 2019. FSIS found Miller non-compliant with the second order, and those proceedings were essentially reopened.
And while last year it looked like Miller would comply with FSIS, this year not so much.
Since the last May 6 conference call, Miller, for the third time, asked the court to return his attorney of record, Steven Ryan LaFuente of Dallas, TX.
Last year, Miller first said he wanted to fire LaFuente and replace him with a Washington state-based “sovereign citizens” organization. LaFuente filed a motion to drop the case, but the judge did not grant it.
No one involved with the Sovereign Citizens Group was qualified to replace LaFuente, so he was not released.
Miller’s numerous filings, however, do not appear to come from his attorney of record. He can author the documents, sending them directly to court from his “Bird-In-Hand” residence.
Sovereign citizens seem to have an influence. A “certificate of service” is signed by Miller “under the laws of the United States of America, without the United States (federal and state government)”.
Miller says federal judge Edward G. Smith ruled May 6 that Miller “has no right to choose counsel or operate in Propria Persona.”
Miller’s criminal court rules give him “the right to represent himself at any time.”
One of Miller’s last filings is a 12-page notice of the existence of his birth certificate.
His other recent legal filings include:
- “Notice and Filing of New Business Structure by Amos Miller.”
- “Motion to dismiss counsel from filing documents by Amos Miller.” (Second request)
- “Notice of Interlocutory Appeal”
- “Penhallow v. Doane’s Premises Notice”
- “Practice Order to Clark Regarding Defendant’s Status.”
The Anonymous website recently portrayed Amos Miller as an Amish farmer “persecuted by the federal government for the religious freedom to grow and prepare food as he believes food should be raised and prepared.”
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