From Michael Schmidt, raw milk advocate, farmer, and accused sheep-napper:
Cobourg, on the beach last week after three days of preliminary court hearings, with lawyer Shawn Buckley, and accused sheep-napping conspirator Montana Jones. Photo: Michael Schmidt
Day one, two, three in court from my perspective
Our court proceedings are becoming a family gathering of determined CFIA prosecutors and accused sheep-nappers
Here are the main players: Continue reading
Summer is over, bureaucrats are back from holiday and Michael Schmidt is going to court again, just as he has so many times before over the last seven years. Photo above is from 2010 in Newmarket. This week’s court sessions will be in Cobourg. Earlier, the CFIA was arguing that lawyer Karen Selick, of the Canadian Constitution Foundation, should not be representing Michael Schmidt in court because they wanted to be able to call her as a witness for the prosecution in the sheep-napping conspiracy case. Now the CFIA wants BC lawyer Shawn Buckley removed from the case.
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. Continue reading
Supporters and media are not being encouraged to show up at the courthouse in Cobourg for the proceedings this Wednesday March 27th. As Karen Selick states in the media release below, the actual trial of this case will be many months in the future. Legal counsel for the defense, however, will be seeking changes to travel restriction which are currently a part of bail conditions.
Montana Jones, Michael Schmidt, sheep Image via Montana Jones
Belleville—The Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF) confirmed today that their clients Montana Jones and Michael Schmidt will appear in Provincial Court in Cobourg, Ontario on March 27, 2013 in connection with charges relating to the disappearance of 31 rare Shropshire sheep in April, 2012.
The sheep were scheduled for slaughter by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) on suspicion of having a disease called “scrapie” but they disappeared from Montana Jones’ barn before the CFIA arrived to seize them. A note saying that the sheep had been taken into “protective custody” was found in the barn, signed by a previously unknown group called the Famers Peace Corps. The 31 sheep were ultimately found and tested negative for an illness called “scrapie.” Continue reading
Michael Schmidt, in his kitchen, getting ready for an interview with documentary filmmakers, two years ago, in January 2010 on the eve of his acquittal on raw milk charges. The Province has since appealed that acquittal and, as a result, Michael has been convicted and fined on charges related to raw milk distribution. Last year a judge granted permission for Michael to appeal that conviction.
We’ve gone a long time without much overt legal sparring in the Canadian raw milk and food rights scene. But that’s soon to change as raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt heads to court later this month to face charges of conspiracy in connection with the disappearance of a herd of controversial heritage sheep that were under quarantine by the CFIA. Continue reading