Was he wanted for rape? Child abuse? Murder? No. Mr. Nolt, a Mennonite dairy farmer, was guilty of something much more heinous: selling raw milk without a permit.
Nolt's permit expired in August of 2006, but that didn't stop this maniac from trying to kill off the population of Pennsylvania with creamy, organic, wholesome goodness. Fortunately, he was found guilty yesterday on four counts and fined $1,000 for each violation.
Almost as impressive as the arrest and conviction of a dangerous fugitive and the confiscation of $20-25,000 worth of equipment and contraband was the show of force at the trial, where a half-dozen state troopers were in attendance along with agents from the FDA. There was even an arrest. One man who showed up to protest on Nolt's behalf was taken into custody for standing too close to the road that runs in front of the courthouse. Yes, it's always encouraging to see justice prevail.
The lesson to be learned here is that it just doesn't pay to mock the State. Consider the big dairy producers. They continue to enjoy government protection because they play by the rules. Like the rest of us, they long for the day when every American can enjoy a glass of low-quality milk from growth hormone-enhanced, genetically modified corn-fed cows in comfort and safety, free from the fear of predatory bio-terrorists like Mark Nolt.