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Ontario dairy farmer calls raw milk conviction “a temporary setback”

From the Canadian Press story, appearing in the Winnipeg Free Press:

Farmer Michael Schmidt at Tuesday's news conference

“NEWMARKET, Ont. – A southern Ontario dairy farmer said Wednesday he’ll appeal a decision finding him guilty on 15 of 19 charges related to the sale and distribution of raw milk.

Michael Schmidt had been acquitted of all charges by Justice of the Peace Paul Kowarsky in January 2010, but the Ontario government and the Grey Bruce Health Unit appealed that decision.

Lawyers for the provincial government had argued that Kowarsky made critical legal errors when he threw out 19 charges against Durham-based farmer.

Justice Peter Tetley agreed and overturned 15 of the acquittals in a 77-page ruling released Wednesday afternoon in Newmarket. Continue reading

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