This case has revealed many things about Rob Ford, but this most recent revelation in the Ford vs. Foulidis trial shows just how unwilling Rob Ford is to admit when he has done something wrong.
Rob Ford had initially admitted that he had made a negative comment concerning the contract that Foulidis had gotten hold of for his business. His comments were published in a copy of the Toronto Sun, which was one of the main sources of Foulidis’ distress. Now, things have gotten really heated up in the court room, as Ford is now withdrawing his original statement! He’s saying that he had been misquoted by the newspaper! If this was true, why did he not say something when his statement had first been published? This has a huge effect on the trial, because it was this defamatory statement that had caused potential injury to the business owners reputation, which is at the hear of a defamation lawsuit.
Rob Ford keeps messing with the facts, and as a result, it is becoming increasingly difficult to determine what part of his story is true. Here’s a link to one of the more recent articles published regarding this sudden turn of events: Rob Ford Misquoted?
In a defamation case, there has to be a statement that was made, either written or spoken, that was proven to have caused injury to the receiving party. The person who made that comment can request protection under the defense of fair comment, but only if the statement has truth, and was not spoken/written with malicious intent towards the recipient. This is one of the basic aspects of law that I picked up in my New Media class, and thank goodness I did because it has helped me to grasp a firm understanding of just what exactly is taking place in this trial.
If he was, in fact, misquoted, then what was his real statement? What was his intent behind the statement made anyway, regardless of whether it was recorded correctly or not? So many factors, but they are all essential in order to bring justice to the innocent party.
Keep following, because I think the results of this case may have a pretty big bearing on how the people are going to look upon Mayor Rob Ford.
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