Michael Schmidt’s contempt sentence: $5,000 fine + $50,000 costs = 55K

York Region counsel Dan Kuzmyk got what he asked for by way of sentencing for raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt. This picture is from October 20th 2008, outside the Newmarket courthouse immediately after Justice Boswell handed down his verdict finding Mr. Schmidt guilty of contempt.

York Region counsel Dan Kuzmyk (shown here talking to reporters) got what he asked for in the way of sentencing for raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt. This picture is from October 20th 2008, outside the Newmarket courthouse immediately after Justice Boswell had handed down his verdict, finding Mr. Schmidt guilty of contempt.

Justice Boswell has served Michael Schmidt with a written notification of sentence in the contempt of court case involving York Region which was heard in September of this year.

In spite of the fact that no discussion of public health issues was allowed at the trial, Justice Boswell cites public health concerns, under aggravating factors,  in his decision:

“… In addition, the law that gave rise to Justice Ferguson’s Order has, as its central purpose, preservation and promotion of public health. The contemptuous breach of the order accordingly involves an issue of public health and safety and this too is an aggravating factor…”

The ruling gives Michael six months to pay the $5,000 fine and the $50,000 in costs.

Michael Schmidt is expected to call a press conference at Queens Park later this week, at which time he will outline his response to the sentence and provide further news on the progress of his legal action against the DFO (Dairy Farmers of Ontario).

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One response to “Michael Schmidt’s contempt sentence: $5,000 fine + $50,000 costs = 55K

  1. bernie bailey

    It strikes me as an unbelievable–or in my case —-absolutely believable —that the judge would fine Mike even before the legal trial over the actual law in question has taken place. The civil servants practice of kill ,destroy and beery every thing and person who gets in their way has not changed over the years. In all fairness and to abide by the law the judge should have remanded the verdict until AFTER the raw milk,cow sharing dispute was through court as Mike was just fined before do diligent of the law and they are taking his finances away so he can not afford to challenge it in a court just like they did to me. Mike they took the shirt of my back but I will still help you . TWO is better than one and its time that other people stand up . please call Mike and say I will be at Queens Park too.

    My name is clearly identified and I am still one vote

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