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Duffy Trial: Crown needed to prove intent to get a conviction, says expert

Embattled Senator Mike Duffy is expected to learn his legal fate later this week, and according to one legal expert, it could be a mixed bag.

Duffy is facing 31 charges related to housing and travel expense claims, consulting contracts, and a $90,000 cheque he received from then Prime Minister Harper’s right hand man, Nigel Wright.

Defence attorney Michael Spratt, who has watched the Duffy trial closely from the start, says the verdicts on the various charges may be very different. Where Duffy may be in the most trouble, Spratt said, is the $65,000 “slush fund” of taxpayers’ money that he allegedly set up with his friend Gerald Donohue to pay for services the Senate would not cover, such as makeup and personal training.



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