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Friday, February 10, 2012

Raw Milk Farmer Set for Appeal

Regional | by Kevin Bernard  

Michael Schmidt's lawyer will make case at appeal hearing in Toronto on April 24th.

Durham area raw milk producer Michael Schmidt isn't giving up the fight.

He was sentenced to a fine of 91 hundred dollars and one year probation on convictions relating to the selling and distribution of raw milk.

However, Schmidt tells Bayshore Broadcasting News he hasn't paid the fine, and he is seeking to appeal the conviction now.

His lawyer Karen Selick will appear at a hearing in Osgoode Hall in Toronto on April 24th -- asking the court "for leave to appeal" Schmid's conviction and sentencing.

If the motion to appeal is granted, it could be several months before it is actually heard.

Meanwhile, Schmidt tells Bayshore Broadcasting News he is having trouble finding out how much money the Grey Bruce health unit has spent fighting him.

Schmidt filed a freedom of information act request, and the health unit responded saying it had to "check with their funder to see what information can be released".

The raw milk farmer says it appears someone is directing the health unit and he wants to know who that third party is.

At the same time, Michael Schmidt has a date in a British Columbia court on April 2nd.

He is facing a contempt of court charge there, over his cow-share operation.

Two days are set aside for the trial in British Columbia.


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