OTTAWA — Ontario Court Judge Charles Vaillancourt has to answer the tough legal questions here at the trial of Mike Duffy: Did the suspended P.E.I. senator commit fraud, breach of trust and bribery? Is he innocent or guilty? Do the loose-y-goose-y rules, accounting practices and administrative deference that was in the air at the Red Chamber get him off the hook or not?
An Ontario Court judge dismissed 27 of the 31 charges faced by the man at the centre of the long-running Senate expense scandal, finding Sen. Mike Duffy not guilty on four others.
And as he neared the end of a decision that took virtually the entire day to deliver, Ontario Court Justice Charles Vaillancourt delivered a scathing indictment of the Prime Minister’s Office and Nigel Wright, Stephen Harper’s former chief of staff.
Sen. Mike Duffy set up a slush fund to pay his personal expenses with public money, defrauded the government of tens of thousands of dollars, took a bribe to cover it up, and lied freely on the stand to try to escape conviction, prosecutors alleged as they summed up their case against the broadcaster-turned-politician on Monday.
MADRID (AP) — Lionel Messi will stand trial in Spain on three counts of tax fraud.Court documents made public Thursday say a judge has rejected a request to clear the Barcelona player of wrongdoing and decided to charge him and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, with tax fraud.
OTTAWA — The trial of three teenaged girls accused of running a prostitution ring in Ottawa is getting a look at what police seized while searching a bedroom belonging to one of the girls.
Ottawa police Det. Carolyn Botting is showing court the evidence, which includes cellphones, hair straighteners, headphones and a business card for an underground taxi service.
She says police also recovered clothes mentioned by alleged victims in the case, such as a leopard print bustier some reported they were forced to wear.
MONTREAL — Quebec’s corruption inquiry is being accused of ruining the reputation of a former municipal party fundraiser and his chances of finding an impartial jury.
The lawyer for a man famously dubbed “Mr. 3%” at Quebec’s corruption inquiry says the commission is playing fast-and-loose with his client’s reputation.
Daniel Rock, the lawyer for Union Montreal fundraiser Bernard Trepanier, says his client will have trouble finding an impartial jury to hear his criminal case.