LIVE updates: Mike Duffy trial verdict expected mid-April, judge says

OTTAWA - Mike Duffy's lawyer will present his final thoughts in the case against his client today.

Donald Bayne and the Crown have already submitted hundreds of pages spelling out their lengthy closing arguments about the 31 charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery that Duffy faces.

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The two sides are using closing arguments to hammer home some of their key arguments before Judge Charles Vaillancourt retires to consider the 61 days of testimony he has heard since last April.

On Monday, the Crown contended Duffy played fast and loose with both the facts and taxpayer dollars for the sake of his own reputation.

Duffy has claimed throughout the trial that he did not break the law and that he was operating under a Senate expense system saddled with complex rules and lax oversight.

He has pleaded not guilty to all 31 charges.

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