After months of news articles and court visits, the verdict finally came out on Mike Duffy. Justice Charles Vaillancourt has cleared Duffy on all 31 charges as the Crown failed to get a single charge of fraud, breach of trust and bribery.
Mike Duffy was charged on July 17, 2014 for fraud, breach of trust and bribery. The fraud and breach of trust accusations come from $80,000 dollars in inappropriately-claimed expenses, while the bribery charges came from the $90,000 he received from Stephen Harper’s former chief of staff, Nigel Wright. Eighteen of the charges came from using $50,000 for personal and partisan travel claimed as senator, while eight of the charges were for misusing $60,000 in public funds for consulting contracts.
Duffy was called a ‘credible witness’ and that his travel claims had no sinister motive. Instead the judge laid blame on the office of the former Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The judge has said that Duffy was simply “another piece on a chessboard” to cover expenses.
Duffy will return to the Senate with full access to resources. As for the other Senators involved in the Senate Expenses Scandal, including Patrick Brazeau and Pamela Wallin, their trials continue.