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Judge orders Toronto mayor removed from office; guilty in conflict of interest case

A judge has found the mayor of Canada's largest city guilty of conflict of interest and has ordered him removed from office.

Ontario Superior Court Justice Charles Hackland said Mayor Rob Ford cannot claim an error in judgment made in good faith.

At issue was Ford's participation in a city council vote on repaying money he had solicited for his football program using city letterhead when he was a councillor. Ford coaches a local high school team.

The judge says Ford showed a "stubborn sense of entitlement" and a "dismissive and confrontational attitude" toward the city's integrity commissioner.

The judge's ruling takes effect in two weeks to give the city time to adjust. Ford can appeal the ruling.