8:02 A.M. Big day for the Duffster !!! …

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The day former senator Raymond Lavigne was sentenced for filing $10,000 worth of fraudulent expense claims Sen. Mike Duffy noted the disgraced Liberal’s fate in his diary : ‘ 6 months in jail ; 6 months house arrest ‘ …

It was June 2011 … Now , nearly five years later , Duffy is about to learn his fate Thursday when Judge Charles Vaillancourt delivers verdicts on 31 charges of fraud , breach of trust and bribery that RCMP laid against the former broadcaster-turned-senator … Yet it isn’t just Duffy’s professional and personal futures that hang in the balance … Whatever the judge rules , legal experts say the Duffy case … Never mind the intense coverage of the case and its role in shaping a federal electoral result  … Has already influenced public expectations of the Senate and will soon shape legal understanding of what exactly the public trust means for public officials claiming to respect it … 

What I’d like to know is why so many people weren’t already aware of this bullshit goin’ on long before this shit hit the fan !!! … But I digress …

‘ I think it has precedential value for sure , said former House of Commons law clerk Rob Walsh … ‘ Parliament doesn’t get caught up in the courts that often , so where it happens it has an impact ‘ … Retired judge James Fontana , who until recently was Vaillancourt’s judicial colleague , said no matter which way it goes , the decision will carry ‘ weight and influence …  ‘ It may get the powers-that-be , and I think they already have , to clarify and clean up the rules governing Senate expenses , and maybe have the controllers of the purse keeping a bit better eye on things ‘ … Fontana said in an interview …

I love that one !!! .. This retired judge ‘ thinks ‘ that they ‘ may have already tried to clarify the rules ‘ …

Fontana said arguments that rules are unclear , or other senators equally mismanaged expense claims … As revealed by last year’s auditor general report into the Senate … May have little or no influence on the outcome … ‘ It’s like the fellow travelling down the (Hwy.) 417 and they’re all speeding and he’s number three and they nab him ‘ …

The old ‘ Everybody else is doin’ it !!! … Why ya givin’ me a hard time ? ‘ defense !!!…

These people defend their ridiculous amount of monetary compensation by stating if they didn’t pay the grossly bloated amount they would lose the best minds to the private sector … Well … You can’t be too damned bright if you don’t understand where you live !!! …

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Source: Mike Duffy verdict will carry ‘weight and influence’ | Toronto Star

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