Jan 07, 2013

By Scott Walker

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Rob Ford will be back in court this morning.

Toronto’s Mayor will be on hand as his lawyer appeals a judge’s ruling removing him from office.

Alan Lenczner will argue before a panel of three judges that Justice Charles Hackland made an error last November when he ruled Ford violated the municipal Conflict of Interest act. Lenczner is expected to argue on a number of fronts, including that the $3,150 that Ford was contesting was insignificant and not governed by the act; and that City Council didn’t have the power to compel Ford to repay the money in the first place.

If Ford’s appeal is denied, he will be out of office. It will then be up to council to decide whether to appoint a caretaker mayor or hold a byelection. Ford promises to run if another vote is called.

The hearing will take one day. A decision is expected some time next month.

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