POLITICS

When Is The Rob Ford Verdict? Decision On Toronto Mayor's Appeal Friday

01/23/2013 04:17 EST | Updated 01/25/2013 11:05 EST
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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford faces the media at city hall in Toronto, Monday, Nov.26, 2012. Ford has been ordered out of office after a judge ruled Monday he broke conflict of interest rules. (AP Photo/THE CANADIAN PRESS,Nathan Denette)

Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will find out his legal fate on Friday morning. CBC, CTV and other outlets reported on Wednesday that the Ontario Divisional Court will announce its verdict in an appeal filed by the mayor over a conflict of interest case that could remove him from office.

The verdict will be posted on the court's website at 10:30 a.m., but will be released to lawyers an hour earlier, according to the Toronto Star.

UPDATE: Mayor Rob Ford has been granted his appeal and will remain mayor. Read our full story.

Ford's lawyers have argued the previous ruling was legally flawed.

In November, an Ontario Superior Court justice ordered Ford removed as mayor for taking part in a council vote over repayment of $3,150 in donations he had solicited for his private football foundation using official city letterhead.

The ruling was put on hold pending the Divisional Court decision.

If Ford loses the appeal, it will be up to council to appoint an acting mayor for the balance of Ford's term or call a by-election.

Ford has said he would run for mayor if a byelection is called.

"I love campaigning, I love debating, I love knocking on doors and telling people what we’re doing and then it’s up to [the electorate] to tell people who [they] want," he told CP24 in January.

With files from the Canadian Press

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