First, here’s an excerpt from the ctv.ca news story on the Michael Schmidt verdict:
Farmer guilty of contempt won’t stop raw milk sales
Updated Mon. Oct. 20 2008 8:50 PM ET
CTV.ca News Staff
Despite being found guilty of contempt of court for ignoring an order not to sell raw milk from his farm, an Ontario farmer says he’ll continue the illegal sale.
Michael Schmidt asked for the maximum sentence possible after he was found guilty of contempt on Monday, but he said he won’t stop his sales.
“Yes, we will continue with what we’re doing,” he said after the ruling. He and his supporters then gulped down glasses of milk, although it was unclear if the milk was pasteurized or not. Schmidt then compared his effort to sell raw milk to Mahatma Gandhi’s fight against British imperialism and Martin Luther King’s civil rights struggle. Continue reading
Obviously not many people would like to read the entire 10 page document and I don’t want to retype it all, so I’ve excerpted some of what seem like the key and most noteworthy passages from Justice Boswell’s ruling, dated October 20, 2008:
“Mr. Schmidt is, amongst other things, a dairy farmer. He is also a passionate advocate for the right to distribute, and the public’s right to consume, unpasteurized milk…”
“ The evidence generated by York Region’s investigation created a good deal of suspicion, but on its own it falls short of establishing beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Schmidt was selling or distributing unpasteurized milk in York Region subsequent to the Order of May 17, 2007
“ Mr. Schmidt, however, significantly aided York Region by virtue of statements he made to Toronto Sun reporter Brett Clarkson, on September 10, 2008. In particular, Mr. Schmidt admitted that “his farm still provides raw milk to clients, despite the order….” Continue reading