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UPDATE: Jackson considering her legal options

MAYOR Linda Jackson. (Vaughan Today file photo)

Mayor Linda Jackson says she’s disappointed with a recent court ruling in her battle with the city and is considering her options.

Ontario Superior Court Justice Peter Lauwers’ decision, released this week, dismissed Jackson’s claims that council’s unanimous decision in June to pursue charges after a court-ordered audit of her campaign finances hinged on a series of illegal actions.

“I am disappointed with the decision of the court,” Jackson said in a statement Thursday. “However, I want to take the time to further review the judgment to determine if there are grounds for appeal.”

The audit of her 2006 campaign books found several apparent contraventions of the Municipal Elections Act, including spending $12,356 over the allowed $120,419 campaign limit.

Lauwers’ decision also dismissed Jackson’s constitutional challenge of a portion of the act, which she said breached section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Jackson’s legal challenge had blocked city-retained prosecutor Timothy Wilkin from laying charges against her. Lauwers’ ruling clears the way for Wilkin.

Jackson could face removal from office if found guilty of the more serious charges Wilkin may choose to pursue.

Vaughan Today
Online: March 13, 2009 [link]