WINNIPEG — A Winnipeg lawyer accused of pressuring a client to have sex with his wife — who is now a Manitoba judge — has pleaded guilty to three counts of professional misconduct.
Jack King was accused of trying to coerce a man into having sex with Lori Douglas in 2003.
Alex Chapman said King sent him explicit nude photos of Douglas, who was a lawyer at the time in the same firm as King. She was named a Queen’s Bench justice two years later.
King appeared before the Law Society of Manitoba on a charge of professional misconduct on Monday and was handed a reprimand.
The law society agreed to a joint recommendation by King’s lawyer and counsel for the society not to issue a suspension.
It also decided that no fine was necessary. The reprimand — a “permanent blemish” on his record — was enough, the law society decision said Monday.
King has admitted sharing photos with Chapman, but King’s lawyer has said his client was depressed at the time and acting without his wife’s knowledge.
He apologized to the law society, saying that his wife had been hurt by “privately indulging” him, and she had done “nothing wrong.” He said his behaviour had caused him to be the subject of ridicule.
Following Monday’s hearing, Chapman said he was dismayed King did not directly offer him an apology. He said King was still “portraying” himself as a victim.
Douglas is being investigated by the Canadian Judicial Council and has stopped hearing cases until the review is complete.
The charges related to three different sections in the law society’s code of professional conduct. One prohibits sexual harassment.
The second and third relate to “putting your own interest ahead of the lawyer’s duty to protect the client” and “(requiring) a lawyer to conduct himself with integrity,” according to a document provided by the law society. Lawyers who are convicted of professional misconduct could face penalties including a disbarment or a fine.
Lori Douglas was appointed a judge in Manitoba in 2005. Douglas has requested to be temporarily relieved of her duties on the Court of Queen’s Bench amid a scandal over nude photos of her that appeared online. (CBC)
Complainant seeks $67M
Chapman has made a separate complaint to the Manitoba Law Society about King’s alleged conduct.
Alexander Chapman has launched three lawsuits seeking $67 million in damages. (CBC)
On Wednesday, Chapman filed separate lawsuits against King for $10 million and against Douglas for $7 million. He is also suing the law firm Thompson Dorfman Sweatman, where the couple used to work, for $50 million.
He told CBC News on Wednesday that he couldn’t live with what he says happened any longer.
“I’m standing here at the courthouse and I’m very nervous … I’ve been like this for seven years,” he said.
“I just want people to know that this happened to me and it was real for me.”
He said he was relieved to have his story out in the open.
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Man in judge controversy fights to save lawsuit
Last Updated: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 | 1:30 PM CT
A man embroiled in a controversy over nude photos of a Manitoba lawyer who is now a judge is back in court in Winnipeg.
Alex Chapman is fighting to keep his $10-million lawsuit against lawyer Jack King from being dismissed.
King is the husband of Lori Douglas, whom Chapman was also suing before dropping the $7-million claim in September.
Chapman has also dropped the $50-million claim he had against the Winnipeg law firm Thompson Dorfman Sweatman.
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