Why Mike Duffy’s intent is “centrally important” to trial’s outcome — and how mud slinging could backfire

Ottawa defense lawyer Michael Spratt warns political junkies to lower their expectations about the Mike Duffy trial.

“Fraud is the least interesting charge in the criminal code,” he says. Spratt, who describes himself as “left leaning,” explains why Duffy’s intent is a key component to this case.

Lilley expects Duffy to start slinging mud at the PMO when he takes the stand, but Spratt says he doubts that will happen.

  • Millie_Woods

    Oh look, a bloated pig at the public trough. This is strictly dog-bites-man stuff. I can’t barely get interested in it enough to make a snide comment. But I do wonder how many escargot you have to eat before you start looking like one?

  • Ron MacDonald

    Duffy’s lawyer made a mistake choosing trial by judge, he’s going to be found guilty on many of the charges.

  • andycanuck

    I suspect he’s correct about the boredom factor. It’s not like Duffy was using the allegedly-double-dipped or disallowed money for hookers and blow or even staying in Mexico for 9 months of the year.

  • cmh

    i get the feeling he’s gonna get off