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It may be a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but a dry cleaner is looking at a long wait before he can get his day in court on a handful of drug charges. Unfortunately for the Ontario dry cleaner, he has been wrapped up in the Rob Ford drug scandal, despite not knowing the mayor. The man’s lawyer has said that his client will have to wait until April 2015 before he will be able to argue entrapment.
The reason why the dry cleaner has found himself tied to the mayor is because of the mayor’s friend, the man whom many believe to have facilitated Ford’s addiction. Because that friend is facing marijuana charges, it is likely that the dry cleaner is, too, although it is not entirely clear.
It is not even clear what kind of relationship the dry cleaner and the mayor’s friend have or had, but police seem to think that it is strong enough and criminal enough to arrest and charge the dry cleaner. While a considerable time between being charged and being able to go to court may seem beneficial, it is also an extended period of time that this dry cleaner remains in limbo. He remains charged with drug crimes, and even though he has not been convicted, many people don’t realize there is a difference between being charged with a crime and being convicted of a crime.
Moreover, the charges hanging over his head have got to cause him considerable stress, and he has “significant health issues.”
Source: The Montreal Gazette, “Rob Ford friend Alexander Lisi faces trial on drug charges next year,” Allison Jones, May 13, 2014