Suspended Sen. Mike Duffy 'not out of the woods' yet

Mike Duffy is pictured arriving to Parliament Hill in this May 28, 2013 file photo. (REUTERS/Chris...

Mike Duffy is pictured arriving to Parliament Hill in this May 28, 2013 file photo. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

Jessica Hume, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 5:03 PM ET

OTTAWA - Sen. Mike Duffy may not be "out of the woods" yet, even though the RCMP won't laying charges against Prime Minister Stephen Harper's former chief of staff, Nigel Wright, for his role in a scandal involving a $90,000 cheque to the suspended senator.

The Crown took a pass on charging Wright for writing a $90,000 cheque to Duffy to cover suspect Senate expense and housing claims.

After an 11-month investigation, the RCMP found the "evidence gathered does not support criminal charges against Mr. Wright."

Michael Crystal, a criminal defence lawyer with experience in breach of trust cases, said he'd be happy right now if he were Duffy's lawyer, but added Duffy is far from "out of the woods."


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