The Food and Drug Administration jailed Amish farmer Samuel Girod for six years on charges of mislabeling one of the three “salves” he sold. Now, Girod, of Owingsville in Kentucky, has filed a petition with the U.S. Department of Justice pardon attorney.
Girod, 58, was sentenced to six years but his scheduled release is early April 2022, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
The petition is listed online as seeking a commutation or reduction of sentence, but the application indicates that Girod seeks a pardon. Girod, a member of the Old Order Amish faith, was sentenced in June 2017 for obstructing a federal agency and selling herbal health products that were not labeled as required by federal law. Here, journalist Sally Oh, who has written extensively about the case, calls for President Donald Trump to issue a pardon.
US Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., also is urging the pardon. Massie tweeted, “I hope @realDonaldTrump will pardon Sam. Six years for salve seems a little extreme. Yeah, I know it escalated and they threw the book at him, but that’s what it is… six years for mislabeled salve and now a family is without a father.”
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