After a court conference call last week in which Amos Miller agreed to comply with a court order, the judge ordered him to make “good faith” payments totaling $105,065.
Miller has responded with a blizzard of court filings, which he usually autographs “Amos Miller, living man.” In a submission he calls on the court to fire his lawyer Steven Lafuente.
The court has refused to release Lafuente from the case since Miller “fired” the Dallas attorney last year. Miller wants to replace him with a group of “sovereign citizens” from Washington state. This time, Miller’s request for dismissal included a claim that bar membership voided citizenship.
The good faith payment order is $50,000 to the court and $55,065 to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service intended for reimbursement of Miller and Miller’s Organic Farm inspection services. In the order, the judge noted that Lafuente was available to advise Miller on payment and instructed the attorney to notify immediately if there were any problems.
Conference calls by any party will not be released as public records. The bona fide payment order followed an April 22 conference, and Miller’s numerous filings followed the order.
- “Notice and filing of the new business structure by Amos Miller.”
- “Motion to Remove Amos Miller’s Filing Attorney.”
- “Notification of Interim Complaint”
- “Announcement of Penhallow v. Doane’s Premises”
- “Bounty Order to Clark Regarding the Status of the Defendant.”
In this civil lawsuit, the USDA is prosecuting Miller for compliance with basic food safety laws and regulations. The case will be heard in the US District Court for Eastern Pennsylvania before Judge Edward G. Smith.
Perhaps significant in Miller’s recent filings is the claim that his Amos Miller Organic Farm Trust is an “association” that “does no business with the public.” The file states that the association “acts according to its own free will”.
Another document by Miller cites the Hague Convention of October 5, 1961 on authentication.
Judge Smith previously found Miller in contempt of court and imposed a $250,000 fine, which has been suspended. Since March, Judge Smith has relied on farm expert Geroge Lapsley as the court’s expert on all matters pertaining to Miller’s farming endeavors. The current court case is three years old.
Lapsley’s duty, imposed by the court, was to determine whether Miller violated the Second Contempt Sanctions Order. He should inspect all Miller properties and businesses for the following:
- any accessible livestock/poultry slaughtering or processing operations (including duty-free operations) at each location;
- distribution, shipping, offering for sale or sale of meat or poultry products;
- to take, ship or have shipped suitable animals for slaughter and/or processing to a government or non-government controlled slaughterhouse and/or processing plant, facility or person;
- purchasing, handling, storing and/or receiving live cattle or poultry intended for slaughter in the near future;
- purchasing, handling, storing or receiving suitable meat or poultry products for further processing and/or for resale, distribution, offering for sale, sale, donation or distribution to customers; or
- Taking personal, internet, telephone, fax, email or other orders – or fulfilling such orders – for appropriate meat/poultry products from defendants or their agents, including but not limited to Miller’s family members, Miller’s affiliated food clubs/ Sellers, David Lantz, Miller’s associates, or the Groff family.
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