Rob Ford libel case could unearth crack video: Lawyer

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

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TORONTO — A video said to show Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack could be a piece of evidence in the possible libel trial between Ford and a Toronto Star reporter, a lawyer told QMI Agency Friday.

Another another lawyer said the notion is "too far-fetched."

Defence lawyer Daniel Brown said Daniel Dale, whose lawyer served a libel notice on the mayor on Thursday alleging he defamed the reporter in an interview with Conrad Black earlier this week, could seek to obtain the video to impeach Ford's credibility.

"He once denied the existence of this video while police documents indicated that he was negotiating to buy it at the same time," Brown, who unsuccessfully sought access to the same video last month for his client Mohammad Khattak, said.

"Ford's credibility will be an issue and the video itself is a piece of admissible evidence. The fact that Police Chief Bill Blair and Justice Ian Nordheimer say it exists is simply hearsay and is therefore inadmissible," Brown said in an interview Friday.


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