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In finding Rob Ford guilty of violating conflict-of-interest legislation, a Superior Court judge “did the opposite of what the law demands,” the mayor’s lawyer contends.

In a factum filed in divisional court Wednesday Alan Lenczner says Justice Charles Hackland made several errors of law, warranting a reversal of his November ruling. The judge ordered Mr. Ford out of office after finding he contravened the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act (MCIA) by voting on a matter concerning $3,150 in donations to his private football foundation.

“It is respectfully submitted that [Judge Hackland], from the outset, adopted the wrong approach,” the factum notes, citing four grounds for appeal, including the judge’s failure to find that Mr. Ford made a genuine error in judgment. “Rather than applying the ordinary meaning to plain language, and seeking to uphold the democratic decision of the voters who elected the mayor, by construing the MCIA ‘strictly’ and…

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