Ontario Court reverses Michael Schmidt acquittals on raw milk charges

Farmer Michael Schmidt has been convicted on 15 of 19 charges related to the sale of raw milk after the Ontario Court of Justice overturned a previous decision by a Justice of the Peace. Schmidt had been acquitted of all charges (see my earlier post from January, 2010), but on appeal Justice Peter Tetley rejected Schmidt's argument that selling raw milk to customers who are aware of any health risks was his legal right. Schmidt remains defiant, and has said that he will appeal the decision: "There's no stopping. Nothing will stop me." Schmidt says that he is prepared to go to prison over his right to provide raw milk. Schmidt has also been served with contempt of court charges stemmning from his alleged involvement in Our Cows Inc., a Chilliwack, B.C. operation that provincial authorities there have tried to shut down.

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