Oct 21, 2013

By AM740 Staff

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A lawyer representing Senator Mike Duffy says his client is in compliance with senate rules on what constitutes a permanent residence.

Donald Bayne says senators who want to suspend Duffy from the upper chamber without pay are acting like a mob that’s demanding a sentence before a trial.

A Conservative Party proposal would punish Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau for improperly claiming expenses.

Duffy has billed taxpayers for more than $30,000 in housing expenses since September, 2010.

He has said his house in Ottawa is his secondary residence while his cottage in Cavendish, P-E-I, is his primary dwelling.

Duffy, announced Thursday morning that he is taking a medical leave of absence preempting his suspension.

That means he will likely be able to continue receiving his $135,000 annual salary.

Meanwhile Senator, Wallin is threatening legal action against the move to suspend her without pay.

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