Clayton Ruby: ''Paul Magder deserves an award''
"Gosh, that's a lot of money for a guy who got off on a technicality."
That’s Clayton Ruby’s take on the mayor’s ask that Ruby’s client Paul Magder be forced to pay over $116,000 to cover Rob Ford’s legal fees.
Ford racked up the bills defending himself in a conflict of interest suit brought to court by Magder.
At issue was just $3150 in donations solicited by Ford from lobbyists for his football foundation in 2010. When city council voted on whether or not Ford should have to repay the money, he took part. Magder & his legal team argued that represented a conflict of interest.
In November a judge agreed Ford had broken the rules & ordered him removed as mayor of Toronto. But Rob Ford ultimately won the case & his job back when an appeal panel threw out the original ruling in January.
The 3-judge panel said council didn’t have the right to order Rob Ford to repay the donations, making any discussion or vote on the matter null & void.
Clayton Ruby will file his official response to Team Ford’s request on Monday but says in a statement:
"Paul Magder is a private citizen who was performing his civic duty and who did not stand to gain any financial benefit from this lawsuit. He was acting on behalf of those many Torontonians who were concerned about Rob Ford's reckless behaviour as mayor. Paul does not deserve a costs award against him. He deserves an award for his act of citizenship."
Rob Ford could be back in legal hot water on Monday, this time for spending on his 2010 mayoral campaign.
A forensic audit of his expenses released February 1st, lists dozens of "apparent contraventions" of the Municipal Elections Act, including overspending by more than $40, 000.
On Monday, Toronto's 3-person Compliance Audit Committee will consider decide whether to drop the matter or pursue legal action against the mayor. If they opt to push the issue forward, they will call in a special prosecutor who will determine what non-criminal charges Rob Ford should face. That process could take as long as a year.
Punishment ranges from fines to being kicked out of office. That worst case scenario has never played out in the history of Ontario.