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Mike Duffy trial to begin April 7

Former Conservative senator faces 31 charges, including fraud, breach of trust and bribery.


 

OTTAWA — The politically charged trial of suspended Sen. Mike Duffy will begin next April 7, six months before the next scheduled federal election.

In a brief proceeding today, the court set aside 41 days for the case, scheduling it for April 7-May 12 and June 1-June 19 and foregoing a preliminary hearing.

The former Conservative senator faces 31 charges, including fraud, breach of trust and bribery.

The last charge deals with a $90,000 cheque Duffy got from Nigel Wright, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s one-time chief of staff, to reimburse the Senate for challenged expense claims.

Donald Bayne, Duffy’s lawyer hasn’t ruled out the possibility that Harper might be called to testify.

Duffy, who was charged last summer, had sought an early trial date.

Bayne cited the senator’s recurring health problems — he has been treated several times for heart trouble — in seeking an early date.

“As we’ve said from the start, we trust that the evidence will show Sen. Duffy is innocent of these criminal charges,” Bayne said, as he left the courthouse.


 
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Mike Duffy trial to begin April 7

  1. “Duffy, who was charged last summer, had sought an early trial date.”
    Why?,
    our powers-that-be apparently have everything they need to start and end this, right ? -lol.

    … sooo, you wanna know just how corrupt Harp and his CON cronies really are? Well, there you have it.
    They will illegally postpone the Duffy trials until after the election, or atleast until they have time to fully pay for his “silence”.
    what a pathetic circus of fools.

  2. That means the election is April 6th.

    • time enough to offer Duff the “bribe” of his lifetime.

  3. Not sure the cons will have an early election, because Harper and his minions still think his chances of winning are better with the increased seat count in the HOC, I would say, still on target for fall. A lot of cons are going for the pensions now(burned out too) and its going to take time for the cons to replace most of these guys, but I wouldn’t rule out Harper funneling taxpayers money into some illegal slush fund to pay for the top conservative lawyers to try and keep Harpers henchmen(bakers dozen) as far away from the action as possible. Dare I say illnesses and personal matters, or vacationing in Antarctica..

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