Controversial city Councillor Rob For...

Controversial city Councillor Rob Ford walked

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Assault charge


#1 May 22, 2008
Controversial city Councillor Rob Ford walked into an Etobicoke court yesterday charged with assault and uttering a death threat to his wife of eight years.

But less than 10 minutes after his case was heard, Ford, 38, left the courtroom after the charges were withdrawn by the Crown because of inconsistencies in allegations made by Ford's wife, Renata.

Assistant Crown attorney Leanne Townsend told the court she was withdrawing the charges after a "thorough review." She determined "there was no reasonable prospect of conviction," since there were "some serious issues" and inconsistencies with Renata Ford's allegations that raised "credibility issues."

Renata Ford had made two discrepancies in statements after the original allegation, Townsend told the court.

Although Ford's lawyer Dennis Morris had expected a public reconciliation between Ford and his wife, the city councillor left the court with only his lawyer. Renata Ford, who had attended court earlier, left before the brief proceedings due to stomach flu, her husband told reporters later.

Outside court, Ford said, "I'm exonerated. I'm not guilty. I'm just glad this is over.

"I'm glad to be back with my family," he said, adding this wouldn't blunt his aspirations of running for mayor. "It just means move on and take David Miller out of office as soon as possible.

"I'd like to thank my family, my friends, the taxpayers of this city for sticking with me through this whole process." He thanked his lawyer, too.

"Justice has been served today," Ford said.

Looking back on it all, Ford described his domestic legal woes as "terrible. It's humiliating. Your name is spotted through the news in a derogatory way."

The recent charges emerged from a strange version of "he said, she said."

At 10:30 p.m. on March 25, Ford called 911 after walking in the door to "verbal abuse" from Renata, his lawyer said outside court.

Ford told reporters he and his wife had had "an incident" and that his wife's behaviour was "irrational" so he left the marital home to go to his mother's with the couple's two children.

"I had to do what I thought was the right thing to do," Ford said.

His lawyer said police had earlier advised Ford to "take the kids" and leave.

The next morning, his wife called 911 after Ford returned home for a shower and a change of clothing, his lawyer said. By 9:30 a.m., Ford was charged with assault and uttering a death threat after being confronted by his wife.

At the time, police probed an alleged injury to Renata Ford.

Shortly after being charged, Ford was released and told to have no contact with his wife.

But on April 23, consent bail variation was granted and Ford was allowed to be with his wife for the purposes of child rearing and marriage counselling.

The couple has been in counselling since then. "Everything's going great ... whatever it takes," Ford said before he returned to his marital home last night. "I support my wife. My wife supports me."

And if history should repeat itself, would Ford call 911 again? "Depending on the situation. Absolutely. My kids and my family are first and foremost," he said.

Morris said the mandatory charging policy in allegations of domestic assault when 911 is called is "antiquated" and should be changed.

"If you complain of threats or assaultive behaviour in reference to your spouse or partner invariably a charge will be laid against that other person. The police are hamstrung. They have no choice."

Morris added: "There is a silver lining in this case because oft times marital counselling may or should happen. And in this case it has happened.

"Hopefully their marriage will be fruitful, long and happy."

Escondido, CA

#2 Nov 18, 2013
He married an "ac." This is proof now, it's a fable no longer. Women with "ac" at the end of their names aren't human, they're evil and from a dark place where they're taught from birth to ruin and destroy the men they marry. They're a scourge upon our reality, a reality that's already too tenuous to support them.

In the old days "ac" women would be placed in catapults and sent flying into cities under siege. They'd immediately undermine the resistance, that's what they do.

Someone should look around Toronto for old catapult tracks, or wood or something.

New York, NY

#3 Nov 19, 2013
You're mentally challenged

Escondido, CA

#4 Nov 20, 2013
I am a genius, I cross the entire nation at will. The nation's intelligentsia bows before me. I am unsurpassed, I dwell in heights unatainable by mere mortals.

But now see how Ford has been stripped of his power, he is mayor in name only. This is due only to his marriage to an "ac," or an "ak" as they are interchangeable.

Aks and acs are vermin, they infest the upper levels of society and erode our social structure from within. We are seeing the result of it not just in Canada, but in America as our economy falters and dies. It is surprising that Canada, ever so aloof from American foibles and failures, would allow an ak or ac to not only enter their country, but to marry so important a political figure as Toronto's mayor.

We can only watch his downfall now. Learn from his mistakes? It's doubtful, as the tragedies of aks and acs in government has continued unabated for generations. Only with the deportation of these people, of the acs and aks, to their native land will the New World be safe from their depredations.

Why, oh why has it taken us so long to see this?

New York, NY

#5 Nov 20, 2013
You may need to take an "AK" 47 to your head. Say what you mean fool and stop hiding behind innuendo

San Diego, CA

#6 Nov 20, 2013
Then the time is now! We must liberate Rob Ford from his aks and bring him into the freedom of America! Rob Ford for president! Once he's shed the oppression of aks he will see what he has unwittingly become, he will see the glorious rays of truth shine unobscured as he has not seen for decades!

But that will not happen in Canada! No, America's Rob Ford's future. We cannot sit by and allow this travesty of government to continue, this usurpation of all that is moral and right to be sullied by aks!

He can leave his ak for the Mounties! They know how to handle her type. The lohr and fables abound with precedents for actions like hers.
Yukon King

San Diego, CA

#7 Nov 21, 2013
Bark! Take a bite out of crime, put aks in the doghouse! Save Rob Ford, the St. Bernard of aks oppression will yank Rob from the bear traps of the aks and bring him to the safety that America offers! Rob Ford for President!


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