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Legality of Senator Mike Duffy's $90K cheque doesn't matter: CBC readers

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Many readers believe no one will be charged with a criminal offence after Sen. Mike Duffy received $90K from a senior official in the PMO. (CP Photo)

It does not matter whether or not Senator Mike Duffy's acceptance of a $90,000 personal cheque from a senior official in the Prime Minister's Office was legal or not because no one will be prosecuted for a criminal offence, readers predict.

Rob Walsh, who was Parliament's top legal adviser until 2012, said today it would be difficult to prove there was anything illegal about cheque, written by Stephen Harper's former chief of staff Nigel Wright, with the money being used by Duffy to cover inappropriate expenses he had claimed.

It could be illegal if the cheque was given in exchange for some kind of benefit, but Walsh said he couldn't see what the benefit might be in this case.

Some readers took the news with a grain of salt and some sarcasm.

"You know what - I'll wait until the RCMP finishes their investigation. But, thanks for the comments from the Conservative lawyer," wrote Oaktree.

The legal issue, however, may be a moot point because, as many readers predict, no one will be prosecuted.

"We should stop this RCMP investigation because all it is doing is costing more money and nothing will happen," wrote Darrell Brassard on CBC's Facebook page. "The dukes and princesses of the Senate are above the law. There can be no reform until we can vote for our Senate."

"By the time they get around to finding fault, half of the information will be missing and the other half won't be admissible in court. No one goes to jail, case closed," added John Deere Green.

The investigation is unnecessary anyway, according to some readers.

"(The $90,000 was) charity so it does not count," wrote Fro Neil.

"There is no financial benefit (from) this cheque to Duffy as anyone with half a brain can see," wrote OntarioObserver.

No matter which side of the issue you fall on, readers had several solutions for dealing with it - everything from leaving it alone and moving on, to punishing the Conservatives by not voting for them in the next election, to abolishing the Senate altogether.

What are your thoughts on the $90,000 cheque? Do you think anyone will or should be charged with a criminal offence?

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