Farmer Lashes Out
Jun 17, 2017
Farmer lashes out over plowing dispute
A California farmer facing a $2.8 million fine for allegedly plowing seasonal wetlands on his 450-acre Tehama County land lashed out Friday against federal prosecutors and bureaucrats for what he called an abuse of government power.
"This is an abuse of government authority," John Duarte said outside U.S. District Court in Sacramento during a video-taped news conference before a pre-trial conference in the case. "This is a vindictive assault on my family and every farm family in America."