Mike Duffy's bribery charge raises questions

Jessica Hume, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:14 AM ET

OTTAWA — How can only one person be charged with bribery of a judicial officer in a case that clearly involved two?

The answer to that question will be one watchers will be waiting to hear as Sen. Mike Duffy's "unusual" case goes through the courts in the coming months, said former law clerk of the House of Commons Rob Walsh.

Duffy was slapped with 31 charges Wednesday of fraud and breach of trust in relation to expenses claimed and accepting a $90,000 cheque from former chief of staff to Stephen Harper, Nigel Wright. A charge of bribery was among the list.

Generally with bribery charges, it must be proven "both ends of the transaction had corrupt intentions," Walsh said.

"This is unusual but I'm assuming the police didn't find evidence of corrupt intent on the part of Wright but did find evidence on the part of Duffy."

There's also the question of whether Wright benefited from handing the cheque to Duffy.


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