NS: Plea decision released in MLA expense scandal

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By The Canadian Press

Former Nova Scotia cabinet minister Richard Hurlburt will plead guilty to charges of fraud and breach of trust.

Richard Hurlburt — Vanguard file photo

[HALIFAX, NS] — The lawyer for a former Nova Scotia cabinet minister charged in a legislature spending scandal says his client will plead guilty to charges of fraud and breach of trust.

Defence lawyer Stan MacDonald and Crown attorney Andrew Macdonald also said today outside Nova Scotia Supreme Court that three counts of uttering forged documents against Richard Hurlburt will be dropped.

During a brief hearing, Justice Arthur LeBlanc agreed to transfer the case to Yarmouth for a hearing on April 12.

MacDonald says his client wants to face the court and the people of his former riding of Yarmouth to admit his responsibility.

Both the Crown and defence lawyers said no agreement has been reached on sentencing.

Hurlburt is one of three former politicians implicated in the province's expense scandal.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Supreme Court

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Yarmouth

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  • Capernewfie
    February 28, 2012 - 05:48

    Looks good on him. Now lock him up and throw away the key.