Crack-Smoking Toronto Mayor Sees No Reason to Resign
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Now that a video has surfaced of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine “probably a year ago” while in a “drunken stupor,” the leader of Canada’s largest city has decided to come clean about his drug use but insists he won’t step down from his job. Though reports that a video of the mayor taking drugs surfaced back in May, Ford denied emphatically at the time that it existed. The mayor was forced to do an about face when police obtained a copy of the video whilst investigating a friend of Ford’s.

Ford spoke bluntly to reporters. “Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine, he said. “There have been times when I’ve been in a drunken stupor. That’s why I want to see the tape. I want everyone in the city to see this tape. I don’t even recall there being a tape or video. I want to see the state I was in.”

The mere existence of a drug use video doesn’t disqualify Mayor Ford from office. City laws provide for the forcible removal of the chief executive only if he’s been convicted and jailed for an offense. Police say the mere existence of the video isn’t enough evidence to charge Ford with a crime. A police spokesman said the mayor’s acknowledgement of drug use will be given to investigators. (Derek Dowell – VNN) (Image: Flickr | HiMY SYeD / photopia) 

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