Judge views infamous Rob Ford crack video

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is seen posing with Anthony Smith, left, who was gunned down outside a King...

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is seen posing with Anthony Smith, left, who was gunned down outside a King St. W. club, in a photo released by Gawker. Mohammad Khattak is seen on the right and Monir Kasim is second from the right.

Sam Pazzano, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:51 PM ET

TORONTO -- Justice Ian Nordheimer went behind closed doors Tuesday to view the infamous video which shows Mayor Rob Ford smoking a substance in a crack pipe.

Defence lawyers Nathan Gorham and Daniel Brown want the Superior Court judge to allow their client, Mohammed Khattak, 19, to see it.

The lawyers want to dispel the perception there's a connection between Khattak -- charged with trafficking cocaine for a criminal organization (Dixon City Bloods street gang) -- and the video.

When the sellers of the video initially showed it to two Toronto Star reporters and an editor from the Gawker website in May, they showed a photograph of Ford, Khattak and two alleged members of the Dixon City Bloods gang outside a west-end home police have described as a crackhouse. The sellers presented the photo in an attempt to prove the video was genuine.

Nordheimer watched a 90-second video clip, plus a shorter "subset" of the same video.


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