June 26, 2012 10:55 AM CT
Manitoba Justice Lori Douglas will testify at a Canadian Judicial Council inquiry into her conduct during a nude photo controversy.
As well, the inquiry panel ruled on Tuesday that Alex Chapman have limited standing at the inquiry.
That means Chapman, whose complaint launched the inquiry, will receive funding for a lawyer to question three people on the stand: Douglas, her husband Jack King, and Chapman’s former lawyer, Ian Histed.
Both the independent counsel and lawyers for Douglas were opposed to Chapman getting any kind of standing. The inquiry committee said in no way is its decision meant to undermine the role of independent counsel at the hearing.
Chapman went public in 2010 with accusations of being sexually harassed by Douglas and King in 2003.
King, who was Chapman’s divorce lawyer that year, has admitted to giving nude photos of Douglas to Chapman in an attempt to convince him to have sex with his wife.
The sexually explicit photos showed Douglas naked in various forms of bondage, with sex toys and performing oral sex. The photographs also appeared on a pornographic website where white women looked for black men to have sex.
Removal from the bench
The inquiry panel could rule that Douglas be removed from the bench.
King said in his dealings with Chapman he acted without the knowledge of his wife, who was also a lawyer at the time. Douglas was appointed a judge in 2005 then promoted to associate chief justice of the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench, family division, in 2009.
The CJC alleges Douglas, who was appointed to the bench a couple of years after the photos were posted online, didn’t disclose that information on her judicial application.
However, in a statement filed by her lawyers two weeks ago, Douglas names several people who were allegedly aware of the photos, including the chief justice of Manitoba’s Court of Queen’s Bench.
Douglas has denied any wrongdoing and has said she should not be penalized for her husband’s actions, which she called “acts of unimaginable betrayal, in pursuit of a mad and undisclosed fantasy.”
Histed negotiated a confidentiality agreement in 2003, when Chapman complained to King’s law firm about the propositions.
King paid Chapman $25,000 out of his own pocket and Chapman agreed to “delete all emails and photos ever sent by Jack King,” not to seek legal action, and not to speak publicly about the case.
King also resigned from the law firm and took a one-year medical leave from the profession.
The Manitoba Law Society also conducted an investigation into the allegations against King and at a hearing in 2011, he was given a reprimand and ordered to pay approximately $13,000 in costs. But he avoided disbarment or suspension.
Chapman has admitted to breaking the confidentiality agreement he signed and has said he had to go public because he continues to be haunted by what happened.
He was ordered last week to repay the money for breaking the confidentiality agreement.
The inquiry into Douglas’s conduct in connection with the matter is set for June 25-28, July 16-20 and July 23-27.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
what he must not do = JN = 15 = Transgression.
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