Michael Schmidt’s lawyer Karen Selick received an email date stamped 2:23 pm today from a secretary at the Ontario Court of Justice, the same person who has been keeping us informed of the previous postponements, saying that the announcement of the verdict will be postponed until sometime tomorrow, due to computer problems.
Michael will still be there at the blue bus this afternoon at 4 pm, the time scheduled for release of the verdict and also the time scheduled for the news conference, to talk to any reporters who show up. Meanwhile Karen is in the process of sending out updates to media contacts who were invited to the event.
This is the fourth time that the announcement has been posponed. It was originally expected in the summer, mid July. Then it was postponed until Sept. 16th, then until sometime the following week, and then until today at 4 pm and now, until sometime tomorrow. Either the court’s stories of computer problems are true (the notification was by email) or someone up there is skittish about releasing the verdict.
Will we know tomorrow? Or will we just know when it’s being postponed to next?
Here’s the text of Karen Selick’s notification, sent out just minutes ago:
“Court Delays Raw Milk Decision – Again
The following e-mail was received by CCF litigation director Karen Selick at 2:23 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27:
“Unfortunately our computers were down for the afternoon yesterday and
this judgment will not be released until tomorrow. Justice Tetley would
like to thank you all for your patience.
“Ontario Court of Justice
“50 Eagle St. West
“Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 6B1”
The CCF will continue to keep media informed when we receive the decision or any further news.
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For more information, contact:
Karen Selick, Litigation Director, Canadian Constitution Foundation”