Special Report: Judge Lori Douglas Sex Controversy

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Key Players

Lori Douglas

Sheila Block is representing Associate Chief Justice Lori Douglas in the Canadian Judicial Council inquiry. Called to the bar in 1974, Block is with the Toronto law firm Torys LLP. She was counsel for Prof. David Johnston in the Oliphant Commission hearings. Block filed a separate motion in Federal Court in August 2012 asking for the entire inquiry to end because of Macintosh's questions, calling them aggressive and sexist. The Federal Court justice ruled that a disciplinary hearing could cause "irreparable harm" unless it is put on hold.The inquiry is on hold pending a judicial review. No date for resumption has been announced.

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Jack King

Jack King was a family lawyer at the Winnipeg firm Thompson Dorfman Sweatman (TDS) when he allegedly solicited a client, Alex Chapman, to have sex with his wife, Lori Douglas. Chapman said in April 2003, King emailed him nude photos of Douglas in various forms of bondage. The photos also appeared on a website where Caucasian women, seeking sex with black men, posted nude photos of themselves. Chapman complained about King's behaviour to senior partners at TDS in June 2003. King left the firm and went on medical leave. In March 2011, the Law Society of Manitoba reprimanded King after he pleaded guilty to three counts of professional misconduct. Today, he is a partner at his own firm, King Petersen.

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Alex Chapman

Alexander Chapman, a computer programmer, hired Jack King to be his divorce lawyer in 2002. Eight years later, Chapman filed complaints with the Law Society of Manitoba and the Canadian Judicial Council, alleging that King and his wife, Associate Chief Justice Lori Douglas, tried to have sex with him. Chapman said he was sent nude photos of Douglas, which were also posted on a pornographic website.

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Rocco Galati

Toronto lawyer Rocco Galati was hired by Alex Chapman to apply for standing at the Canadian Judicial Council's (CJC) review into Chapman's complaint against Lori Douglas. The CJC review panel agreed to pay Galati's costs for the application. Galati is known for specializing in terrorism cases. He has previously represented a complainant before the CJC. He is also behind a case which challenged the ability of federal judges over the age of 75 to decide cases. In 2011, a court of appeal agreed with Galati. Six justices in Ontario have since resigned.

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The Law Society of Manitoba

The Law Society of Manitoba admitted that it knew about the controversy surrounding Jack King, Lori Douglas and Alex Chapman story as early as 2004, but it never spoke to Chapman. Its executive director, Allan Fineblit, has said the matter wasn't investigated earlier because Chapman did not file a complaint until 2010. Fineblit has said the society felt the matter was dealt with when King took medical leave in 2003 and Chapman was paid a settlement.

Sheila Block

Sheila Block is representing Associate Chief Justice Lori Douglas in the Canadian Judicial Council inquiry. Called to the bar in 1974, Block is with the Toronto law firm Torys LLP. She was counsel for Prof. David Johnston in the Oliphant Commission hearings. Block filed a separate motion in Federal Court last week asking for the entire inquiry to end because of Macintosh's questions, calling them aggressive and sexist. The inquiry is on hold. No date for resumption has been announced.

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Suzanne Côté

Suzanne Cote, a litigation specialist from Montreal, has been appointed as independent counsel for the inquiry into Justice Lori Douglas. Cote replaces Guy Pratte, who resigned last month after complaining about the way the inquiry was proceeding.

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Catherine Fraser

The Honourable Catherine Fraser is the chief justice of Alberta and chairperson of the Canadian Judicial Council's inquiry panel investigating Chapman's complaint against Lori Douglas. Fraser was appointed to the bench in 1989 and in 1992, she became the first woman appointed chief justice of Alberta.

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Guy Pratte

Guy Pratte is the independent counsel for the Canadian Judicial Council's inquiry into Lori Douglas's conduct. Pratte is a partner with Ottawa firm Borden Ladner Gervais. Pratte was lead counsel for former prime minister Brian Mulroney in hearings before the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics and the Oliphant Commission. He resigned August 27, 2012 after complaining about the way the inquiry was proceeding.

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Ian Histed

Alex Chapman hired lawyer Ian Histed in June 2003 to file a complaint against Jack King's then-employer, Thompson Dorfman Sweatman, about King's behaviour. Histed negotiated the settlement agreement with TDS's senior partners, which included a $25,000 payment, the return of the explicit photos of Lori Douglas, and a promise never to speak about what happened. Chapman broke the confidentiality agreement when he came forward with his story in 2010.

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Bill Gange

Jack King retained lawyer Bill Gange to negotiate a settlement agreement with Alex Chapman and his lawyer, Ian Histed, which included a promise that Chapman not speak about what happened. Gange currently represents King, who is suing Chapman for breaching the confidentiality agreement by speaking out.

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