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Admissible evidence lacking to charge Rob Ford

There lacks admissible evidence for extortion charges to be brought against Mayor Rob Ford, Toronto criminal lawyer John Rosen tells the National Post.

Remaining documents of an Information to Obtain (ITO) were made public recently and new information about Ford's relationship with gang members in the Dixon Road area of Toronto and his drug use are front and centre.

The documents allege that at one point during a visit with gang members earlier this year, Ford lost his cellphone and Alexander "Sandro" Lisi worked the phones in an attempt to get the mayor's phone back. Wiretapped calls between gang members suggest Lisi had said the mayor would “bring the heat on Dixon,” if they didn’t return a missing cellphone, the documents read.

“That could constitute extortion,” Rosen, partner at Rosen Naster LLP, says in the article. “You’re not allowed to threaten people. But the problem is that you have other people saying it. You don’t have admissible evidence.”


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