This morning I was reading the deposition of Rob ford that has been posted to Scribd.com. Some of it reads like a classic Monty Python sketch. Here are some of the choice exchanges:
Rob Ford: “You said ‘quote’ I don’t see quotation marks in here”
Mr. Ruby (Lawyer) “Yes, I was quoting it for the record.” (pg. 7-8).
This reminds me of something out of the “Argument Clinic” sketch.
Rob Ford: “Again, I’ve got a memory in my mind, but I don’t… I can’t remember the handbook…”
Mr Ruby: “You said, ‘I have a memory in my mind.’ What is it you have in your mind?”
Rob Ford: “I can remember what I ate for breakfast this morning.” (pg.18-19).
It is amazing how little Ford remembers. He can’t even remember relatively important documents like the handbook on proper conduct. But at least he remembers what he did today to feed himself.
Mr. Ruby (Lawyer): In your affidavit at paragraph 16 you say:
“…There is no financial consequence to any of the recommendations put forward by the integrity commissioner…”
Can you explain what you mean by that?
Rob Ford: I don’t see how the City benefits from this under the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.
Mr. Ruby: And Therefore there is no need for you to worry about a conflict, correct?
Rob Ford: I wasn’t given… I wasn’t told by legal to declare a conflict.
Mr. Ruby: I know that, but I’m trying to figure out what was going on in your head.
Rob Ford: I don’t remember what was going on in my head. I have thousands of thoughts that go through my head every day. (pg. 66-67).
So, Rob Ford can remember very little, but rest assured it is not because he is too stupid to remember, in fact, it is quite the opposite: he has thousands of thoughts go through his head every day. Of course he couldn’t be expected to remember all of them.
The whole thing is pretty funny. But to save you time in case you don’t feel like reading all 146 pages, Ford’s main contention of innocence occurs at pages 81-82.