Thank you Judge James Gritzner
By Matthew Peirce
I would like to thank Senior Judge James Gritzner for his unequivocal support for the 1st Amendment and the freedom of speech. The Senior Judge evaluated the facts against the “Agricultural Production Facility Fraud” law; a deceptive name and offensive statute. He found no provision in the Constitution where the rights of corporations override the rights of natural persons.
If these corporations had nothing to hide, and all the facilities treated the land, water, people, and animals with respect, then why hide behind this law? If this were so, they should want outsiders to verify that these are great facilities; it would be great PR!
But the Farm Bureau and Pork producers are infuriated. They are terrified that so-called “radical” groups who care about public health, food safety, fair treatment of workers, and preserving a healthy environment can now educate the public about these giant corporations’ violence against people, animals, and our rural communities in the name of pure greed.
After all, who cares about public health, or food and worker safety, or Iowa’s waterways when profits are at stake? Don’t corporations have the absolute right to pursue profit, no matter the cost and regardless of individual freedoms and liberties enshrined in the US Constitution? The Farm Bureau and Pork producers clearly think so.
By the way, Judge Gritzner was appointed by George W. Bush and confirmed by a Republican-controlled Senate. Clearly an “activist judge” if I ever saw one.