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Rob Ford conflict of interest trial: Day 2


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Colin McConnell/Toronto Star On Wednesday, Rob Ford spent most of the day on the stand, first with friendly questioning from his lawyer and then increasingly pointed cross-examination from Clayton Ruby.

Day 2 of the conflict of interest hearing for Mayor Rob Ford started at 10 a.m. in courtroom 6-1 at 361 University Ave.

Yesterday, Ford himself spent most of the day on the stand, first with friendly questioning from his lawyer Alan Lenczner, and then increasingly pointed cross-examination from Clayton Ruby, representing Toronto resident Paul Magder who made the application to court. Ford looked exhausted at the end of the day, when Ruby accused him of fabricating his interpretation of conflict of interest to fit his defence.

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Now, it’s likely the remainder of the three-day hearing will be legal arguments. That will certainly be drier than Wednesday’s spectacle, but it’s these arguments — such as “does the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act even apply in this case?” — that will likely decide if the mayor is completely vindicated or if he faces sanctions all the way up to removal of office.

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Among those arguments is whether to admit an affidavit from retired councillor Howard Moscoe, which says the onus is on council members, not staff advisers, to declare a conflict of interest.

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Read Ford’s June 27 deposition

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