Rob Ford Wants $116, 000 From Magder
116 thousand dollars.
That's what it cost Mayor Rob Ford to keep that title of Mayor.
Ford's lawyer submitted the costs to the Divisional Court last week, outlining 107 thousand dollars in legal fees and more than 93 hundred dollars (plus HST) for other expenses.
The demand is not outlandish, considering Paul Magder asked for almost 150 thousand dollars in costs after his win in the original trial.
That's despite the highly promoted fact that his Lawyer, Clayton Ruby was taking the case pro-bono.
Municipal Affairs Lawyer John Mascarin, a partner with Aird and Berlis in Toronto, says this is the first step in the process.
He says he expects Clayton Ruby to come back, calling the costs unreasonable, and try and get them whittled down to a more palatable level.
Mascarin says most of the 'horse trading' will be done by submissions, but it could eventually end up back in court, if there's a stale mate between the two sides.
Ford won the conflict of interest case in an appeal back in January 25th. He was first ordered out of office but won a stay pending that appeal.
At issue was just over 3 thousand dollars he raised for his football foundation from 'lobbyists' at city hall.
When council held a vote, ordering him to pay that money back, Ford took part.
But it was later discovered that council didn't have the right to order him to pay the money back, so the vote shouldn't have been held in the first place. That meant no conflict of interest.