It doesn't matter whether or not council chose to absolve Ford. Even if the motion failed, he would have still been guilty of a conflict of interest- of not excusing himself from the vote and debate. Of course, this is a somewhat miniscule and foolish thing to prosecute Ford on, but rules are there for a reason.
Anyways, from what I've heard, the the conflict trial won't be heard until next year. It'll be a long summer of Toronto politics.