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Lawyer Shawn Buckley talks about Michael Schmidt and his campaign for raw milk and food freedom


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Raw milk crusader didn’t hurt anyone

From Denis Langlois, in the Owen Sound Sun Times:

Michael Schmidt and supporters, leaving the Newmarket court after the sentencing last month.

“Raw milk crusader Michael Schmidt plans to appeal both his Sept. 28 conviction and subsequent sentence for producing and distributing unpasteurized milk.

Karen Selick, the Durham-area farmer’s lawyer, said the law has “inflicted an injustice” in the Schmidt case. Continue reading


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Justice Peter Tetley’s “Reasons for Sentencing” Michael Schmidt posted

Michael Schmidt raises a glass of the good stuff after sentencing Nov. 25th in Newmarket.

Thanks to Karen Selick for the link to Justice Tetley’s “Reasons for Sentencing” (Nov. 25th) on the Canadian Constitution Foundation website. We’ve also added it to the collection of permanent links on the top right of the home page. Continue reading


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Michael Schmidt sentencing makes the news in Britain, where raw milk is legal

From Denis Campbell’s UK Progressive:

“The controversy over whether people have the right to produce, sell, buy, and consume raw milk products is a huge one these days. Government regulators in Canada and the US insist they are protecting the public against dangerous effects of raw milk, while those who seek raw milk and other raw foods say their way of eating – is healthy. Continue reading


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Michael Schmidt sentenced to pay $9,150 but an appeal is on the way

Canadian Press story, via the Kitchener-Waterloo Record:

Flanked by supporters and television cameras, the self-described Godfather of raw milk, Michael Schmidt, raises a toast following his sentencing last Friday in Newmarket court.

“NEWMARKET, ONT. — Raw milk crusader Michael Schmidt was handed a $9,150 fine and one year of probation Friday on convictions related to selling and distributing unpasteurized milk.

In an interview after the sentence was handed down in a packed Newmarket, Ont., courtroom, Schmidt said he would not be paying the fine.

“I’d rather go to prison than pay the fine, and that’s a matter of principle,” he said. “If I pay the fine, then this is almost like an admittance of guilt.” Continue reading


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Michael Schmidt’s lawyer Karen Selick talks about sentencing philosophy

This is the speech Karen Selick had prepared to give in court on Friday:

Karen Selick talks to the media after the sentence was handed down Friday.

“Your Honour, I do not envy you your task today.  Today, you have to choose between enforcing the law, and doing justice—because regrettably, we cannot assume that they are one and the same.

Here in your courtroom there sits a crowd of some 60  people: supporters of Michael Schmidt, people who have been helped by him, people who have benefitted from the very same regulatory offences that you have convicted him of.

Your task today is to punish this man for the very acts that they are here to pay homage to him for. Continue reading


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Michael Schmidt to be sentenced Friday Nov. 25 on raw milk charges from 2006

From a news release sent out today:

Farmer Michael Schmidt at yesterday's food rights rally at Queen's Park.

On September 28th, 2011, Justice Peter Tetley reversed a lower court decision, on appeal from the Province, finding Michael guilty of 15 charges arising from a raid on his Durham area farm, on November 23rd 2006.

The court acquittal which this decision reversed was handed down in January 2010 and was hailed by food rights activists across the continent for its recognition of consumers’ right to engage in private cowshare contracts with farmers.

Since his acquittal, Michael Schmidt has become a leading figure in North America for his raw milk and food rights advocacy. Michael has intervened in raw milk cases in B.C. and Alberta, and developed a training and certification program for farmers, Cow Share Canada. Continue reading


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