Police officer in the courtroom tells media they CAN type and tweet, but not use audio recorders. Oh. #TOpoli
Still not clear what court's position is on tweets. Const. told us it was fine (after some pressing.) Court employee said turn off phones.
Ford's camp is claiming persecution but none of this would have happened if he had simply followed conflict-of-interest rules. #TOpoli
Clayton Ruby is in the house. His cross examination of Mayor Ford should be a classic if pre-trial dry run is any indication. #TOpoli
RT @jm_mcgrath: Out in the hall making a phone call as Ford and his people come in, police demand to see my phone and make sure I didn't ...
Plaintiff Paul Magder has now taken a seat in the front row of the gallery at #fordcourt.
RT @jm_mcgrath: The upshot is members of the Toronto Police have now seen pics of my cat.
RT @jm_mcgrath: So far best proposed hashtag for all this: #lawandforder
Hush in court as Mayor Ford comes in and takes his seat facing the judge's chair. Chief of staff Mark Towhey is with him. #FordCourt
Doug Ford is in the courtroom now too. Place is packed. And quiet. Surreal. #fordcourt
Cllr Doug Ford arrives to witness his brother's day in court over conflict-of-interest issues. #FordCourt
RT @goldsbie: I'm looking forward to the part where Doug Ford, from his front-row seat, stands up and interjects, "This is outrageous, f ...
Mayor Ford has been sitting alone in the court for 15 minutes while waiting for lawyers and judge to enter. #FordCourt
Judge Hackland has arrived + is now addressing electronic issues: Tweets allowed, no photos, no phone calls, audio allowed to check notes.
Judge says 'twittering' will be allowed during Ford case, as long as it's unobtrusive. Audio recording allowed too, but not for broadcast.
Lawyer Clay Ruby reminds court that controlling lobbying is important for the city. #FordCourt
As Ruby begins his opening, follow @marcusbgee for the blow-by-blow. I'm frantically typing notes for news story updates.
Clay Ruby reminds court that Integrity Comish repeatedly asked Ford to follow the rules. He ignored her. #FordCourt
Ruby calls Ford's defence a smokescreen for his continued defiance of integrity rules. #FordCon
This is not about the poor kids, says Ruby. They kept the donated money. 'The kids are not the issue.' The issue is integrity and Ford.
Ford's lawyer is arguing Integrity Comish was out of line telling Ford to pay back donated money out of his own pocket. #FordCourt
Ford says he tells 'pretty much anyone I meet' about his football fdtn and hits them up for a donation. #FordCourt
Ford says he was not using his influence as city cllr to solicit donations. #FordCourt
A confused Mayor Ford seems to be arguing there is only a conflict if both he and the city benefit -- and the city didn't so all good. Hm.
'There was a lot of confusion,' says Ford of the alleged conflict vote. Now watching vid from the fateful day. #FordCourt
And now we go to the video evidence of the night in question. (If I'm going to cover a court case, I get to tweet like a court reporter.)
A few suppressed giggles in the public gallery as video of the confusing night at council plays in court. #fordcourt
This video is making me pine for Giorgio Mammoliti to testify in this case. Or any court case really. #fordcourt
Ford is stone-faced as he watches himself give the Feb. 7 speech that got him into this mess. #fordcourt
Court being shown Ford's impassioned speech on the football donation issue. No one cried 'conflict' at the time. #FordCourt
'There is no sense to this,' Ford said of demand he repay donated money. #FordCourt
'This is just my personal interest, it does not benefit the city in any way' -- Mayor Ford on why he was not in conflict. #FordCourt
Ford says he would have refrained from speaking if any clerk or city lawyer had advised him he was in conflict. #FordCourt
Court on break now. After break, Ruby to cross-examine Ford. #fordcourt
Clay Ruby is starting his cross of Ford by reminding him of his oath of office. #FordCourt
Ford says he has no memory of getting a rules of conduct handbook -- and he passed on orientation lessons as a new councillor. #FordCourt
Ruby gets Ford to read law forbidding cllrs to vote on matters in which they have a pecuniary interest. #FordCourt
Ruby is now taking the mayor through conflict sections of council handbook, which Ford can't remember ever receiving or reading.
The sections Ruby pts mayor to make no mention of a city benefit in the definition of a councillor's conflict of interest. #fordcourt
RT @ivortossell: The atmosphere here is dead still. Ruby speaks softly, with many pauses. Ford croaks out curt answers. The ceiling ligh ...