Media lawyers seek police details on Danforth shooter

Media lawyers will be attempt on Friday to convince a Superior Court judge to unseal police information on the investigation into Greektown rampage shooter Faisal Hussain.

Hussain killed two young women and wounded 13 other people along Danforth Ave. on July 22, a horrific event that shook Torontonians and garnered international media attention.

Hussain’s identity was widely reported after he killed himself. Toronto Police had wounded him after he opened fire on innocent people in one of the city’s popular communities along Danforth Ave.

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The Information To Obtain documents — which is the justification upon which judges grant search warrants and wiretaps — have been sealed indefinitely, a media lawyer factum states. The media wants these unsealed to reveal details to the public.

The day after the shooting, Hussain’s family issued a public statement regarding their son’s involvement and his life-long struggle with mental health problems, the factum states.

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This incident “sparked a national debate on gun control laws as well as a public discussion around mental health issues,” the factum stated. Police later disclosed that Hussain’s brother Farad had a criminal record, including possessing firearms and may have possessed the weapons used on July 22.

Farad has been in a coma since last June as a result of a drug overdose.

The media lawyers will argue that the release of a heavily-edited ITO by Det. Sgt. Terry Browne “is an improper after-the-fact attempt by the Crown to justify an improperly-issued sealing order and should not be accepted by this court.

“The Supreme Court of Canada has repeatedly confirmed the importance of the ‘openness principle” of courts. Courts have repeatedly recognized the public has a right to see warrant materials and the information underlying them, once executed,” the media factum states.

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Source:: Toronto Sun – Movies