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Mike Duffy legal woes end as Crown won’t appeal acquittal

Sen. Mike Duffy leaves the courthouse after being acquitted on all charges Thursday, April 21, 2016 in Ottawa.
Sen. Mike Duffy leaves the courthouse after being acquitted on all charges Thursday, April 21, 2016 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

OTTAWA – Sen. Mike Duffy‘s legal saga is officially over.

A spokesman for the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General says Crown prosecutors have decided not to appeal Duffy’s acquittal one month ago.

Today was the deadline to file an appeal.

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Ministry spokesman Brendan Crawley says the Crown decided there is no legal basis for an appeal.

Duffy was acquitted in April on 31 criminal charges, including fraud, breach of trust and bribery, stemming from his Senate expenses.

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At the time, Duffy’s trial judge was critical of the Crown’s case, saying that prosecutors failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Duffy acted unlawfully.

READ MORE: Duffy’s expenses could still be examined by Auditor General

The Crown withdrew charges of fraud and breach of trust last week against retired Liberal senator Mac Harb and the RCMP announced it wouldn’t pursue criminal charges against Sen. Pamela Wallin.

That leaves Patrick Brazeau as the only senator still facing criminal prosecution over his housing expenses.