June 12, 2015

Duffy trial: Senate lawyers try to block "potentially damaging" document

Rebel Staff

The trial of Senator Mike Duffy has been halted briefly as lawyers for the Senate leadership go to court to block the release of a "never-before-seen internal audit."

The Globe and Mail reports that the audit was "conducted by a senior Senate official in early 2013, in the wake of questions about senators claiming living expenses for homes in Ottawa":

The official had been reviewing the residency status of senators and she identified that seemed to be a lack of criteria for establishing what constituted residency.

The Senate argues that the documents should not be released on the grounds of "parliamentary privilege or immunity."

Duffy's lawyer Peter Doody counters that the document "doesn't meet the threshold" to qualify as privileged, and that the Senate has already appeared to waive immunity during the rest of the trial.

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commented 2015-06-27 10:14:46 -0400
Absolutely Rick – even though it sounds as if there were issues way before the Conservatives came into power, it’s ALL going to be their fault that the so called “rules” weren’t clear and no one had the intestinal fortitude to do the “right thing” ‘cause “everyone else” was doing it.
How can anyone not understand “residency?” Why would anyone living locally for many years, but representing another Province, think (logically) that they could claim living expenses simply because they represent the other province? Having said that, why would they be eligible to represent another province if they hadn’t lived there for those many years? It’s a head shaker fer sure!
commented 2015-06-12 14:56:29 -0400
More proof this “trial” is more about smearing the current Gov’t than actually getting to the truth!