Will Canadian Judge’s Bondage Photos End Her Career?

In a startling story out of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Madam Justice Lori Douglas, the Associate Chief Justice of the Court of Queens Bench, Family Division, has stepped down from her post while the Canadian Judicial Counsel investigates a complaint filed against the judge involving her husband, prominent family law lawyer, Jack King. The complainant is Alexander Chapman, age 44, originally from Trinidad, who retained Mr. King to act for him in his divorce proceedings in 2002.

At the time, both Ms. Douglas and Mr. King were partners at a prestigious Winnipeg law firm. Mr. Chapman alleges that after Mr. King completed his divorce, King befriended him and eventually tried to persuade Mr. Chapman to engage in a sexual tryst with Ms. Douglas.

Mr. King allegedly gave Mr. Chapman nude photographs of his wife and a password for an internet site called Darkcavern.com, a site that caters to those who have an interest in inter-racial sex. The pictures of Judge Douglas portrayed her in bondage scenes and other more explicit sexual acts.

When Mr. Chapman complained to Mr. King’s law firm, King paid Mr. Chapman $25,000 in exchange for Chapman’s agreement not to sue him or the firm and to destroy the photos. Jack King resigned from the law firm after the payment was made to Chapman. Mr. King is now the subject of a Law Society investigation while King, Douglas, and law firm Thompson Dorfman Sweatman have been sued by Mr. Chapman for sexual harassment. Chapman recently gave some of the photos to CBC TV and the Law Society. CBC declined to publish them. This week the Court in Winnipeg ordered Mr. Chapman to stop his dissemination of the photos.

Mr. Chapman is no stranger to the Courts in Manitoba. He has convictions for arson, theft and uttering death threats and has also been a party in nine other lawsuits including one action that he brought against the Winnipeg Police Department.

Mr. King’s lawyer says that Mr. King posted the photos on the internet without his wife’s knowledge and consent while suffering from depression. King also admits to arranging what Chapman refers to as a “first date” with Ms. Douglas and inviting Chapman to join King and his wife on a vacation in Cancun. Chapman declined the vacation offer and says that he had no sexual relationship with Ms. Douglas.

Madam Justice Douglas is now assigned to administrative duties only and is not hearing cases pending the investigation.

Does Judge Douglas’ private life render her unfit to continue as a judge or is she a victim of her husband’s breach of her privacy? Is it appropriate for the Judicial Council to scrutinize a judge’s morality?

The Canadian Judicial Council has a variety of discipline options, but only an order of Parliament can remove Judge Douglas from the bench.

Lawdiva aka Georgialee Lang

13 thoughts on “Will Canadian Judge’s Bondage Photos End Her Career?

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  2. The activities of this Judge were common knowledge amongst her peers in the Manitoba and Canadian legal community and were the subject of not concern but rather amusement and titillating distraction. The former employer of Justice Lori Douglas, the Winnipeg law firm of Thompson, Dorfman, Sweatman LLP ( http://www.tdslaw.com ) was not only aware of Douglas’s gross incompetence and unprofessionalism but were active in covering up the same. Further, this law firm said nothing when their former employee, Justice Lori Douglas, accepted the senior judicial appointment. The fact that Justice Lori Douglas’s peers and employers knew of her activities and said nothing even to the extent of allowing her to accept the senior judgeship speaks of spineless complicity and complete ignorance of the Code of Conduct as it applies to all lawyers and members of the judiciary. Story of whispers can be found here: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/dirty-secret-not-so-secret-in-citys-legal-community-102134854.html

    As for the Canadian judiciary, I am reminded of a politician who, in his assessment of the RCMP in regards to numerous incidents of lethal zeal and incompetence referred to a once proud organization as “horribly broken”. In light of numerous examples of judicial incompetence and activism the duplicity, deceit and sexual deviance of Justice Lori Douglas illustrates that yet another pillar of the foundation of that which provides law and order in Canada is truly “horribly broken”.

    The brand of whisky logic borne by her peers and members of the media who have rushed to her defence dictate logically that when a family appears before Justice Lori Douglas in a state of misery, chaos and disarray as a result of the sexual deviance and improprieties of either husband or wife that Justice Douglas is eminently more qualified to provide legal remedies and resolution based on her own moral bankruptcy and sexual deviance. That lunacy considered and extrapolated, I would expect shortly their public avocation of the placement of Robert Picton as head of the local native battered woman’s shelter, their unequivocal support of the appointment of the president of N.A.M.B.L.A as the national recreational activities director for the Boy Scouts of Canada and the removal and silencing of all those who, on troubling grounds of decency and morality, would object to the granting of day passes to Clifford Olson in order that he attend functions with the local chapter of Big Brothers of Canada.

    As for Justice Lori Douglas, in better times her reward for such outrageous behaviour and betrayal of trust would have been to be escorted by the townsfolk to the city limits clad in petroleum by-product and the accoutrement of poultry. Unfortunately we now live in times of the “educated” and “enlightened” which till fertile ground for the growth of such pieces of work as Lori Douglas. As for me, her disbarment, removal from the Bench and relegation to the darker fringes of society would be enough.

    Sincerely,

    Don Laird

    • Sorry that I have come across this site so long after this was a newsworthy issue.

      Anyway, I comment as follows:

      Who cares about someones sex life and how does it effect some one’s ability to do their job when it was her spouse that was looking for sex partners for his wife anyway?

      Even if she discretely approached co-workers and asked if they were interested in joining her and her spouse for some intimate pleasure…so what?

      And so what if people know another couple likes to have sex with other consenting adults? We all know what GAYS do right? But no one dares say a word about their sexual preferences and lifestyle choices effecting their jobs….now do they?

      SO, GROW UP!!

      The real disgraceful conduct is the fool who broke the adult rules of discretion commonly accepted among those who engage in consensual sex with other like minded adults.

      Society no longer seems to condemn GAYS. To the contrary, I see the GAY sexual lifestyle choice being glorified on TV in nearly every movie and TV series. No one seems to condemn a GAY lawyer or a GAY judge these days so why pick on heterosexuals for their lifestyle choices?

      This was made public by a person bent on destroying their reputations, that’s the real misconduct here.

      What one does in their private sex lives has nothing to do with their ability to perform in their given field or profession unless their conduct does effect their ability to perform their duties, becomes harassment, or is illegal.

      Carrying your line of reasoning to it’s extreme end would have you condemning everyone that does not live up to some idiotic and archaic standard of sexual morality.

      We are not talking about murder, stealing, bearing false witness, or even adultery because there is no infidelity if it’s consensual.

      Yet, how many divorced and remarried professionals are there? The vast majority of divorces are due to people having non consensual sex with others. So what is worse? People who cannot keep a vow and engage in acts of infidelity by chearing on their spouse and committing adultery, or people who are married that decide they want to engage in consensual sex with others? I dare say those who cheat are the one’s we should not trust. So if anyone should be looked upon as incompetent it is those who cheated and got divorces, and where would that leave us? Without many lawyers, judges, or other professionals….LOL.

      PS: I cannot believe people actually agreed with you. Sheesh!

  3. A judge who exercises poor judgment in the conduct of her personal life cannot be trusted to exercise good judgment in the conduct of the cases in her courtroom. The bedroom has no place in the courtrooms of the state.(With apologies to the late Pierre Trudeau)

  4. Don and Jack

    Thank you for your thoughtful input on this story.

    Don: Your information on how the players in the court system in Winnipeg knew of these activities but ignored them is a sad indictment of how the system can work….or not.

    Jack: I agree with your assessment of Lori Douglas’ exercise of judgment. Although many of the details are unclear, it seems odd that Ms. Douglas had a “first date” with Mr. Chapman and that he was invited to accompany Mr. King and Ms. Douglas to Cancun. If these allegations are true, one must question whether she is really an innocent victim of her husband’s misdeeds.

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  6. Engaging in bondage or interracial/extramarital sex is not illegal, so what does any of this have to do with Judge Douglas’s character or fitness to serve? Where do you propose drawing the line?

    • The topic at hand is not the legality of interracial/extramarital sex but the legal position of those involved. “Any of this” has to do with 2 married lawyers excercising poor judgment on how they manage their personal and professional lives, not forgetting the obvious conflict of interest and disregard to the oaths both of them took when they became lawyers. Doctors of every stripe are in the news for having sex, consensual or not, with current/former patients; businessmen, bankers, priests are found guilty for abusing their position, their victim’s mental and psychological state, etc. etc. Legality and interracial sex is only a red herring: ethics, moral compass, moral rectitude, living your life by the standards you have agreed to adhere to. Being judged by indivduals who are duplicitous, elastic with their moral code, “modulate” the truth when it suits them, and libertine individuals cannot be impartial judges. Would you feel justice was rendered when a judge known for bribe-taking is making the final decision?

  7. BEEN THRU THE SYSTEM. IF YOU HAVE MONEY YOU CAN BUY YOUR WAY OUT. EG. O.J. SIMPSON IT IS HARD TO LOOK AT ANY JUDGE AND NOT THINK WHAT IS UNDER THEIR ROBES.

  8. Remember Vanessa Williams? In 1983, she was crowned Miss America. Same year, Penthouse magazine bought a smiling nude photo of hers, from her former boyfriend and published it. That scandal alone made her relinquish her title of Miss America. Judge Lori Douglas in this unpleasant situation has only one route of honor to take – by immediately resigning and going into her private life to sort out herself.

  9. I’ll assume she is an innocent victim. The problem will be how she will be able to adjudicate any case without her past becoming a distraction. There will not be one case that goes before her where there won’t be whispers “that she’s the judge who…”

    Even if not illegal, one must question her personal judgement. This is supposed to be a person who is “wise,” who we can look up to as someone to emulate.

    The creditability of the judicial system is more important than allowing her to maintain her position. I realize this could be re-victimizing the victim, but I think those appearing in the courts need their case to be heard in an atmosphere free of distractions – especially if the distraction is the judge.

    I think the right thing for Judge Douglas to do is resign.

    As I write this, the whole story has not yet been revealed; however, I must admire Judge Douglas for having the courage to face this public humiliation. Even though I believe she should resign on her own, I still hope she is found to be an true, innocent victim. There is a big part of me that admires her and is cheering for her. Even so, sometimes even our “innocent” choices have severe consequences. Unfortunately for Judge Douglas, I think one is that she can no longer be a judge.

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