Bondage Judge: New Facts and Allegations

Journalists talk about stories with “legs”, meaning the story continues with new twists and more allegations. That is certainly the case in respect of the complaints against Madam Justice Lori Douglas and her husband, lawyer Jack King, both of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

In summary, a former client of Mr. King’s, Alexander Chapman, has complained to the Law Society of Manitoba and the Canadian Judicial Council that during their solicitor/client relationship, Mr. King provided him with nude photographs of his wife and former law partner, now Associate Chief Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench, Family Division, and tried to persuade him to participate in a sexual relationship with her.

Mr. Chapman is also suing Jack King, King’s former law firm, Thompson Dorfman Sweatman and Judge Douglas for millions of dollars for sexual harassment and other civil claims.

In return, Mr. King has retaliated by suing Mr. Chapman for breach of privacy alleging that Mr. Chapman was paid $25,000.00 in 2003 to release any claims he may have against King and his firm and to return all inculpatory emails and photos to Mr. King.

King has also obtained orders from the Court that Mr. Chapman be restrained from disseminating any of the Douglas photos and that Chapman’s computer be seized and held pending the trial of King’s privacy lawsuit.

In the meantime, the Law Society of Manitoba revealed today they were aware of Mr. King’s conduct in 2003 but did nothing about it because Mr. King was not practicing law at the time of the Law Society’s investigation. Chapman says if the Law Society did investigate King, they neglected to interview him or the lawyer who negotiated the settlement between Chapman, King and King’s law firm

It seems all of the players in this saga continue to suffer.

Chapman was just fired from his employment as a computer programmer with Great West Life Assurance, despite positive performance reviews over the last three years. Chapman believes that his firing is related to the photos of Judge Douglas.

Chapman also says that he cannot find a lawyer who is prepared to assist him in the litigation. If true, this is another example of the legal profession “circling the wagons”.

The Canadian Judicial Council has announced that there is a second complaint against Madam Justice Douglas, but will not provide any details.

For King, the events of 2003 led to his premature departure from the firm and ongoing public scrutiny of a situation that he thought was behind him.

Just like in most litigation, there will be no real winner.

Lawdiva aka Georgialee Lang

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