Criminal Law

Proving Ford acted criminally requires evidence in court

In order to prove that Mayor Rob Ford broke the law in connection with his drug and alcohol use would require evidence of the date and time that the offences took place, Toronto criminal lawyer Roots Gadhia tells SiriusXM radio's What She Said!.


"It's not possible to prove a charge in court unless Mr. Ford wanted to admit on a guilty plea that he in fact had driven a car impaired on such and such date at such and such time," she says. "His public admission becoming a courtroom admission is unlikely."


The video allegedly showing the politician smoking crack from a pipe would be one piece of evidence that police could use in a case against Ford, she says.


"It is one piece that police would have at their disposal if they were determining whether they would lay charges," says Gadhia.


Joining hosts Christine Bentley, Sharon Caddy and Kate Wheeler, the lawyer notes how the issue of whether charges will be laid is left up to the police. She highlights how the authorities have given him a "large berth" and are "treading cautiously" in the face of the mayor's admissions of drug use in recent months.


Gadhia asks whether Ford's most recent admission of smoking crack adds to the "ammunition" that police undoubtedly are collecting for any future criminal allegations against the mayor.


"However, if they are unable to prove the date and time of that illegal activity, the (chance) of Mayor Ford admitting it in court is very unlikely," she says.


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