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Sheep Case Hearing to Replace Appeal

August 11, 2000|From Times Wire Reports

Lawyers for the owners of Vermont sheep suspected of having a neurological ailment similar to mad cow disease struck a deal with prosecutors in Burlington for a court hearing on the animals' fate. Under the agreement, lawyers for the farmers will forgo a federal appeals case in return for a more detailed hearing in a lower court, said Tom Amidon, who represents a sheep farmer. Four sheep on Vermont farms near Warren tested positive last month for a disease that causes the neurological illness.

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