Justice Khawly had some colourful language in his verdict of the Sandro Lisi case.
On the defence opinion of the Crown’s case: “Both defence counsel wasted little time labeling the Crown’s case as Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose. That like the brilliant, eccentric, businessman and skilled aviator who spent a fortune to build a huge transport plane and who through sheer talent managed to lift off the water for a few hundred feet before retiring it forever, the Crown’s case was destined to a similar fate.
On the ‘apparently solitary lead generated by Project Brazen 2’: “Sounds like two months in, the fruits of the Professional Standards labour were hard in coming if not non-existent.”
On the lack of charges against Rob Ford: “The big game was never snared.”
On the surveillance of Lisi and the hunt for “big game”: “It only makes sense that Lisi would be covered like a blanket. There would be or there should be no daylight between what he did, where he went and whom he met.
On the undercover officer’s account of meeting Bahrami. The officer testified Bahrami almost immediately offered to get him a quarter-pound of marijuana. Under the sub-heading “Manna from heaven”: “Now let’s pause and reflect on this. Does that make any sense? I guess it does if I’m gullible or enjoy far-fetched screenplays.”
A sub-heading on the credibility of the officer: “Credibility is a delicate flower.”
On the officer’s insistence that Bahrami not Lisi was the main target and that he was not aware of Lisi’s importance in the investigation despite the media frenzy: “This officer, like a monk on a hilltop monastery, kept the outside world totally at bay.”
On Dan Dima, another drug dealer linked to the case: “Fair enough. Even the court labeled Dima, ‘Deadbeat Dan.”
On the Crown: “Ms. Benzakein reminded me at times of a skilled fighter trying to survive in the ring with a hairline fracture in her dominant hand.”