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Ford's fate now in the hands of Ontario judge
Mayor Rob Ford walks out of court in Toronto on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (The Canadian Press/Michelle Siu)
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, September 6, 2012 7:13PM EDT
TORONTO - The fate of Toronto's controversial mayor now rests in the hands of an Ontario judge.
Lawyers wrapped up their arguments today in a lawsuit accusing Rob Ford of being embroiled in a conflict of interest.
Justice Charles Hackland told court he would try to reach a verdict in a timely manner.
If found guilty, Ford could be tossed out of the office he's held for less than two years and barred from running for city council for seven years.
Ford is accused of not declaring a conflict of interest when he gave a speech and participated in a council vote last February to strike down a recommendation that he repay donations he solicited using official city letterhead for his private football foundation.
Ford told court he believed he did nothing wrong based on his own definition of conflict of interest laws.
But lawyer Clayton Ruby argued Ford acted in bad faith by not familiarizing himself with the city's rules on the issue.
The lawsuit was launched by Toronto resident Paul Magder, who accused Ford of a conflict of interest one month after the vote in question.