Michael Schmidt sends this account of the current situation, vis a vis the Shropshire sheep-napping case:
Wolves, Coyotes and the CFIA
Tuesday, Wednesday, and maybe even Thursday this week, Montana Jones and myself will be in court to listen to the CFIA lawyers explain why they want to take our right away to choose our own lawyer.
Yes this is not fiction; it is the reality in Canada in 2013.
Shawn Buckley a criminal and constitutional lawyer from BC. He had decided to take on this fascinating sheep-napping case, in which 4 people including Montana and myself have been charged with conspiracy for attempting to save rare heritage sheep. No, not from wolves or coyotes this time, but from even more dangerous predators, the CFIA.
Things are upside down in this country when the killers charge people for saving rare sheep and then try to remove their lawyers so a proper defense is made very difficult. Karen Selick, from the Canadian Constitution Foundation, already had to step down because the prosecution wants her as a witness.
I guess it has become a blood sport for embarrassed bureaucrats to punish anybody who questions their killing mantra.
Justice is upside down and the wolves are howling.
On the Support Michael Schmidt Facebook page, Montana Jones writes:
So tomorrow is Day 1 of a 2 day trial before the “real” trial. You are welcome to come watch CFIA and the Crown spending your dollars insisting that Michael Schmidt and I must find a different lawyer, and that we NOT be free to continue with the excellent legal counsel we already have—in Cobourg Ontario court (860 William St., Cobourg ON K9A 3A9).
Day 2 is same judge, same trial, slated for Wednesday several hours from there in Lindsay court—because these things aren’t required to make sense.