The panel of three judges who heard farmer Michael Schmidt’s appeal last month, of his 2011 conviction by Justice Tetley on raw milk related charges, has now announced their dismissal of Mr. Schmidt’s appeal. The full text of their decision can be found at this link: http://www.ontariocourts.ca/decisions_index/new_releases.htm
The judges’ dismissal of Mr. Schmidt’s appeal means that the 2011 conviction by Justice Tetley still stands.
Michael Schmidt has yet to comment publicly on the decision, although in a video released yesterday on Facebook in advance of the decision he implied that the milk would continue to flow regardless of the court’s ruling.
Commenting during a break at the Feb. 5th appeal hearing, Michael Schmidt’s Canadian Constitution Foundation lawyer Derek From indicated that taking the case to the Supreme Court of Canada might still be a possibility, but that Court would first have to agree to hear the case.
Michael Schmidt is scheduled as a guest speaker at a day-long conference, titled “Raw Milk – From Science to Policy”, to be held April 22nd at the University of Guelph, about an hour west of Toronto.