Today’s news of Michael Schmidt’s acquittal was reported five hours ago on The Star.com website. Here’s an excerpt from the story, by Megan Ogilvie:
Dairy farmer Michael Schmidt will be allowed to continue his raw milk co-operative after a Newmarket court ruled Thursday that it does not break laws against selling unpasteurized milk.
Schmidt was found not guilty on the 19 charges after Justice of the Peace Paul Kowarsky ruled that the cow-share program is exempt from legislation set out in Ontario’s Health Protection and Promotion Act and the Milk Act.
The courthouse was packed with Schmidt’s supporters and the ruling was met with claps, cheers and some tears of happiness.
After leaving court, Schmidt smiled, accepted a glass of raw milk from one of his supporters and took a big gulp of his farm-fresh product. The dozens of supporters who crowded outside the courthouse cheered when they heard the verdict and also passed around glasses of raw milk.
Schmidt thanked his supporters and said he was glad to help in their fight for food rights.
“We want to be responsible for our food,” he said. “Standing up for basic rights is a moral obligation and that’s what we did. I could not have done this alone.”
The verdict came one year after Schmidt’s trial began in January 2009.