Monday, August 15, 2016

Mike Duffy’s lawyer, Donald Bayne, dissects his defence strategy

Excellent story by the Globe and Mail's Gloria Galloway:
The man who successfully defended Mike Duffy in criminal court says he went to the media nine months before his client was charged in an effort to control the narrative and to stop those in the Senate who he says were driving the message that there was a scandal to be uncovered.
Donald Bayne admits his attempt to change the public characterization of Mr. Duffy was less than successful.
One of the big lessons coming out of the lengthy case was that “when the media develop the story line, that’s a ship, like a cruise liner, that’s very hard to turn around,” Mr. Bayne told fellow lawyers on Sunday morning at a meeting of the Canadian Bar Association. “And the story line of Duffy from Day One was ‘corrupt, greedy, fat, easily cartooned man.’”

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