Blackmail and Extortion

Video of late Toronto mayor smoking crack now public

A notorious video showing late Toronto politician Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine that sparked a storm of controversy and marred the tenure of the former mayor of Canada's largest city, was released Thursday to the public.

A Toronto court lifted a ban on publication of the video, shot in February 2013 and later seized by the police, after an extortion charge was withdrawn Thursday against Sandro Lisi, Ford's friend and former driver. It shows Ford swearing and mumbling while holding what appears to be a crack pipe, which he lights and draws on.

"Mr. Lisi, with this I take it that we have reached the close of a rather tumultuous chapter in the civic life of this...