Doug Ford is too famous to serve on any juries, says Doug Ford
Doug Ford asked for (and was denied) an exemption from jury duty on Monday. Why? Here’s what he told the Sun: “The only person who is not anonymous, besides me, is the judge. They know where I live, they know everything about me,” Ford said. “I’ve already had death threats…to my kids, to me, to my family.”
He added, “Would every other jury member want to hand in their phone number, their address, their family name to the person they are convicting?”
This isn’t the first time the Fords have mentioned death threats. Some people were actually arrested for threatening Rob Ford early in his mayoralty. Over the summer, police said they’d be investigating one email to Doug Ford that chief Bill Blair characterized as “threatening and concerning.” Doug returned to the topic in November, during the immediate aftermath of his brother’s crack confession. “We’ve been getting death threats,” he told CNN. “My daughters, I have four young girls, they were threatened to be sodomized and raped.”
And now the threats are back, as a reason the councillor can’t serve on a jury. Leaving aside the fact that virtually everyone’s personal information is Googlable, whether or not they’re a politician (and also ignoring the fact that the Fords aren’t above issuing some threats of their own), it’s a little odd that Ford would try to use his position in this way. He specifically voted against the idea of exempting city councillors from jury duty back in 2012.
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The Ford’s claim to support our police and legal system but their actions sure do speak otherwise. Judge them by their actions, not their words.
2012 – “Should councillors be exempt from jury duty?”
Ford Bros – “Absolutely not.”
2014 – “Should Councillor Doug Ford be exempt from jury duty?”
Ford Bros – “Absolutely. Doug is special. The rules for other councillors do not apply to us.”
p.s. – Why does Doug assume that his role as a juror is to convict? Isn’t the job to listen to witnesses, weight the evidence and then use legal thresholds for deciding upon innocence or guilt? What lawyer would allow Doug Ford on a jury?
Maybe he just doesn’t want to be that close to a court room, let alone a judge.
“Everyone’s personal information is Googable?” NOT. The person charged has no idea what the names of the jurors are.
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