GATINEAU, QUEBEC — Sen. Patrick Brazeau has been granted an unconditional discharge after pleading guilty to assault and cocaine charges in September, which means he avoids both jail time and a criminal record. Brazeau pleaded to reduced charges of assault and possession of cocaine after a more serious charge of sexual assault was dropped due to a lack of evidence.
In delivering the decision, Quebec Court Judge Valmont Beaulieu agreed with Brazeau's lawyer and the Crown prosecutor, both of whom jointly recommended an absolute discharge.
"There are situations where people do commit these crimes, but I haven't,'' Brazeau said after the ruling came down.
"The Crown certainly saw throughout this process that the lady that made these accusations against me lacked credibility, the judge today mentioned that she lacked credibility, I knew this all along — but it's over.'' Brazeau still faces a criminal trial for fraud and breach of trust arising from his Senate expenses, scheduled to take place in March 2016.
Speaking outside the courtroom after the decision came down, the former member of the Conservative caucus said he hopes to be able resume his Senate career "as quickly as possible.'' He was kicked out of the Tory caucus after he was charged and was suspended from the upper chamber in November 2013, but the suspension without pay was lifted when Parliament was dissolved for the federal election.
However, Brazeau remains suspended from the upper chamber, and his salary is being clawed back to repay nearly $50,000 in disallowed housing expense claims.
The Canadian Press - The Huffington Press/Oct. 28, 2015
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