Max Kane on Schmidt Verdict, Our Constitutional Rights to Our Own Bodies

Inside the Michael Schmidt Courtroom

by Max Kane

The court room was at capacity and some were not permitted entry. Being a little late, somehow I ended up in the front row. After the first hour of the Judge’s speech, the audience fell into a slumber of boredom. Then the judge started talking private sex clubs and owned the attention of everyone in the room until his last word.

Then I watched David Gumpert dart from the court room after the verdict came down. I figured he was late for a flight after the 2+ hours in court. No one expected to be in a hearing that long. I chased him out to say goodbye. As I approached the out most hall I was faced a wall of people. I quickly yelled “…not guilty on all charges!” The people responded with a robust wave of enthusiasm. I continued to navigate the gauntlet in search of David. Within a minute I found him hammering away at his lab top. Although there is no way for me to know, I believe David was the first to tweet/publish the verdict online.

Celebration was in the air of the hall. Everyone eagerly awaited Michael’s entrance. Finally after what seemed like forever, Michael made his way to the out most hall. He was instantly surrounded by cameras and microphones and bombarded with questions (see video, below). People were cheering! Raw Milk was rapidly being poured and distributed for the crowd to drink. An aura of victory permeated the hall. The people had won!

Video of Schmidt leaving the courtroom to face reporters and well wishers, Michael, myself and others discussing the verdict and our gratitude to the judge

I was impressed by the judge’s research. It was obvious that he took pride in his ruling. He delivered, a now published, doctoral thesis on private raw milk clubs, and how to run them within an unjust legal system. I enjoyed the event as a whole, and was honored that I was asked to speak. For me, the education from the experience was most important. I am looking forward to bringing it back to the states with action!

Video of My Speech at the Rally Afterwards


Max Kane is the operator of a Food Coop called Belles’ Lunchbox in Wisconsin. Through dietary changes, including adding raw milk, Max has overcome the symptoms of Crohn’s disease. Last year, he biked across the U.S. fueling himself with raw milk along the way.  This personal journey has led Max to become involved in efforts to improve access to raw dairy in his community. Max is currently entangled in legal problems of his own, as a result. See my recent blog post, Max Kane Milk Runner.

Note from Kimberly: I have flagged this post Heroes of Sustainable Agriculture, because, without question, both Michael and Max are heroes for standing up for the rights of farmers and consumers to direct and free trade.

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