Judge says video taken at Southern Utah pig farm will not be allowed in burglary trial

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ST. GEORGE — A judge ruled Thursday that he will not admit as evidence a video made by two men attempting to expose animal cruelty at a Milford, Beaver County, pig farm in a case alleging that they stole two pigs and were illegally on the farm property.

“It doesn’t seem to this court that the conditions in general in this farm are at issue here. The condition of these two individual pigs or piglets is,” 5th District Judge Jeffrey Wilcox said.

The judge said that at some point he expects a higher Utah court will address inhumane treatment of animals, but that this criminal case is not the place for that.

Wayne Hsiung and Paul Picklesimer are both charged in the 5th District Court with two counts of burglary, a third-degree felony, and one class B misdemeanor count of theft. They were also initially charged with a pattern of unlawful activity, but that charge was dropped after prosecutors said they were unable to acquire enough evidence.

Read the full story here:  KSL News.

Written by EMILY ASHCRAFT, KSL.com.

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