Let’s demand that the Chief Magistrate instruct he trial judge to clean up this farce of a trial.
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….. Senator Mike Duffy is in court to defend 31 charges, covering four sections of the Criminal Code. Normally, in such Criminal Code cases, counsel for the defense is required to submit a requisition for court time in order for the defendant to produce witnesses in support of his/her defense.
The trial was set for April 7-May 12, and then June 1-19 for a total of about 8 weeks.
The first 28 (of 31) charges leveled against Duffy are for fraud (Section 380(1) Criminal Code) and breach of trust (Section 122). Those 28 charges are summary in nature. Motive (or mens rea) is not an issue and does not need to be established so as to determine the case. It is simply a matter of establishing whether or not the fraud took place. In Duffy’s case(s), the sum total of the money allegedly…
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