This post will consist of a series of text messages sent from Pat’s Blackberry, providing updates throughout the day. Check back often to follow the latest developments in the story. Messages will be posted here in reverse chronological order with most recent messages appearing at the top.
This is entirely Pat’s initiative. No one asked her to do it. It’s all about freedom and taking personal responsibility for things. In today’s world where would we be if people didn’t feel empowered to take action on things that matter to them? If there’s a deeper message here, it’s how passionately some people feel about this issue.
5:44 pm. To finish the story, we received a news release from Karen Selick time stamped 5:05 pm with news that Justice Tetley had found Michael Schmidt guilty on 13 of the 19 charges. See this post for full details.
2:57 p.m. Just got off the phone with Justice Tetley’s assistant. The ruling will be delivered before 5 pm.
From Facebook (circa 10:15 am): Assistant to Justce Tetley informed me that the decision will be made available this afternoon at the end of the day. Does this give them another opportunity to create a computer glitch? Its only gas and I leave the courts to visit a mooshiner. Surely there I will find raw integrity and truth. But I am coming back and will spend nights here if I must. Rock the milk can!!!
9:37 am: Proves to me that drugs are more available than real food. Going to make second attempt to find [Justice] Tetley’s assistant.
9:29 am: The sun is now shining!!!! The odour of marijuana is cloying. – ten steps aways someone is settling their nerves before a walk to the courthouse.
From Facebook: Trial Coordinator has informed me that Justice Tetley is not in yet and the decision will likely not be revealed today. Gueess what? The Milk Wench ain”t going away!!!
8:50 am: Awaiting a meeting with trial coordinator, rude they was, thinks it will not be today and I aint moooovin.
8:34 am: Standing in line at the information reception office now.
From Facebook: Just about to enter the Newmarket Court House. I want Michael to have his decision and I am not leaving until he calls me and says he has the verdict. Care to join me in the parking lot? I think it is time for all of us to do something and this is my small way of doing just that.
8:17 am: Made it to now, raining and dreary, a few people have arrived who appear to be more than drones, a white caddy in “reserved” parking.
12:58 am: Arrived at the courthouse 12:58 am — pretty ghostly, can’t see the stars for the streetlights and it stinks like the city.
First, a post from Pat’s Facebook page, where she’s updating with news of her vigil:
My friend, farmer and hero still has not received a verdict from the courts. Tonight I sleep at the Newmarket court-and there I will be until he receives his decision. Its the least I can do for Michael Schmidt. Care to join me?