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Michael Schmidt Out On Bail.

Regional | by Kevin Bernard  

The raw milk advocate is appealing his conviction for obstruction.

Durham area dairy farmer Michael Schmidt is out on bail.

He had been serving a 60 day jail sentence on weekends, following his conviction on a charge of obstruction.

Schmidt applied for his release pending an appeal of that conviction.

A judge in Walkerton court granted his bail November 22nd. 

The hearing date for the appeal is yet to be scheduled.  

Michael Schmidt had been sentenced on November 8th, in connection with a standoff in October of 2015 at his farm.

Owners of the cows on-site, blocked the police and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Rural Affairs as well as the Ministry of Natural Resources to from taking things off his farm. 

Schmidt was charged with obstruction of justice along with a few others but charges were eventually dropped against his supporters.

The criminal code called for a maximum sentence of 2 years for a conviction on obstruction, but Schmidt again received 60 days intermittent.

Micheal Schmidt has been fighting for 22 years to get the rules changed concerning raw milk. 

He says the first raid on his farm was in 1994.

A hearing in a Newmarket court involving the distribution of raw milk ended in June with the judge reserving his decision.

It has not yet been handed down.

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