Rob Ford's lawyer: Release the video

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, pictured with security guards and his brother, Coun. Doug Ford, speaks to...

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, pictured with security guards and his brother, Coun. Doug Ford, speaks to media outside his office on Thursday October 31, 2013. (Michael Peake/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

Joe Warmington, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:48 AM ET

TORONTO — The lawyer representing Mayor Rob Ford has challenged Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair to release the video that has plunged his client into controversy.

"That would be the best thing for the mayor," Dennis Morris said. "Our position has always been we have not seen, or know of, a video of the mayor smoking crack cocaine and that is still our position."

Using such a video in the extortion case against Ford's friend, Alexander "Sandro" Lisi, is one thing. However, telling a packed news conference that "the mayor does appear in the video" makes it very hard for his client "to get a fair chance to defend himself," Morris said.

Ford's counsel said in light of Blair's comments, he wants police to "show the video publicly."

Morris added: "Now it will be tied up in the Lisi case for a year or two" and whether or not it is ruled admissible, the damage is done at a time when his client is talking of running for a second term in next October's election.

"This has happened with just a few sentences," he said. "The police have a lot of power and this makes it look like there is no doubt."

To be fair, Morris said, Blair should make the video available.

"Only a few people have seen it, including the chief of police, it seems," Morris said "Release it and let the public see it."


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