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Rob Ford friend's search warrant documents ordered released

10/30/2013 01:03 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST
An Ontario Superior Court judge has ordered the release of select portions of information that police used to obtain search warrants in the arrest of Alessandro (Sandro) Lisi, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s friend and occasional driver.

CBC's John Lancaster reported Wednesday the judge has ordered the release of the information "forthwith."

It's unclear when the information will be released, though sources tell Lancaster some media outlets may get unredacted portions of the information on Wednesday or Thursday.

Earlier this month, Lisi, described by Ford as a friend, was arrested and charged with the possession and trafficking of marijuana, conspiracy to commit an indictable offence and possession of the proceeds of crime.

After the arrest, Ford defended Lisi as "a good guy" who is "straight and narrow."

Lawyers for media outlets, including the CBC, have been shown the 480-page document, but the information could not be released ahead of the judge's ruling.

Lancaster reported that the media will receive about 320 pages of information they can publish and broadcast. The rest will remain redacted pending further arguments.

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