All eyes are now on Justice Charles T. Hackland, the Ottawa-based Superior Court judge presiding over Mayor Rob Ford’s conflict of interest hearing, and what few hints he dropped about what he is thinking may be found in questions posed to both lawyers on Thursday.
In particular, Justice Hackland spoke up during arguments presented by the mayor’s lawyer that he made an honest mistake and voiced “some trouble” with the notion put forward by the opposing side that an elected official cannot, during a city council meeting, defend any conduct that has been scrutinized by an integrity commissioner due to a potential conflict.
“It may be there is a problem with the law right now,” the judge mused at one point.
The second and final day of the hearing focused on technical legal arguments from both sides, and did not draw nearly as much interest to the 361…
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