Thu Dec 12, 2013, 06:25 PM
Saviolo (278 posts)
Daniel Dale has served Rob Ford with papers for libel
The article from the Globe:
Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale has served Mayor Rob Ford with a libel notice over comments the mayor made during a televised interview earlier this week.
Mr. Dale published a statement Thursday saying he served the notice against both the mayor and Vision TV – which aired the broadcast – as the first step of a defamation lawsuit. He’s asking the mayor to retract the “false insinuation that I am a pedophile,” the statement said.
Star editor Michael Cooke told The Globe Thursday that the newspaper’s lawyers are at City Hall, serving the mayor. A process server delivered the legal document to the mayor inside his office about 5:30 p.m. The lawyer for Mr. Dale, Iris Fischer, said Mr. Dale now has six weeks to serve a statement of claim.
In his statement, Mr. Dale said that, at first, he was reluctant to sue. “I didn’t want to complicate my happy life,” he wrote. “I’m a non-confrontational guy, and I just wanted to write articles and go home.” But he said what changed his mind was the mayor’s “persistence” in repeating the claims in subsequent interviews. “I can’t tolerate it. I won’t tolerate it,” he wrote.
Nice to see someone actually holding Rob ford up against his lies, even for a second. I'm sure the mayor will be apoplectic over this. He seems to become furious any time someone does the slightest push back against him. Ford's threats of legal action against other councilors have all proved empty this far, so we'll see how he reacts when someone puts their money where their mouth is.
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Response to Saviolo (Original post)
Thu Dec 12, 2013, 07:01 PM
Joe Shlabotnik (3,932 posts)
1. Too bad that its come to this.
I still can't figure out how/why Ford's feet were not held to fire by the police. One simple call to dispatch a cop with a breathalyzer could have finished him months ago, and still not compromised their gang investigation.
Response to Joe Shlabotnik (Reply #1)
Thu Dec 12, 2013, 08:19 PM
Saviolo (278 posts)
2. Ford Nation loves repeating
that what he said doesn't constitute a confession because reasons. That's fair, legally it's not a confession. BUT THAT'S NOT THE ORDER IT'S SUPPOSED TO GO!
My understanding is that the police are supposed to arrest you and charge you with a crime when they have suspicion, and probable cause. After the arrest is charging, confessions (sometimes), trials (often), and then the determination of guilt. Just because what he said wasn't a confession doesn't stop police from arresting him on reasonable suspicion! Am I wrong about this?
I can only assume that Bill Blair still has some kind of surveillance on him, or he's part of a larger sting that just hasn't dropped the net, yet. Otherwise, I don't get why the police haven't moved on Ford in some way. If he were a poor black man in Toronto instead of a wealthy white man, he'd already be seeing the inside of a prison cell.