Lawyer pleads guilty to misconduct for pressuring client to have sex with lawyer's wife
A Winnipeg lawyer pleaded guilty to professional misconduct, admitting he pressured a client to have sex with his wife.
On Monday, Jack King admitted before the Law Society of Manitoba to sexual harassment, conflict of interest and failing to conduct himself with integrity.
Alexander Chapman, King's former client, said he was given nude photos of King's wife Lori Douglas in 2003.
She was named a family court judge two years later.
At the hearing Monday morning, Jack King offered the panel an apology and said his behaviour was disgraceful.
"To my wife, I could never apologize enough," said King.
"She did nothing wrong," said King, "She trusted me when she shouldn't have."
Alexander Chapman had been calling for King to be suspended or disbarred. He said he didn't believe the apology.
"He took advantage of me and brainwashed me to prepare me for Lori Douglas," said Chapman.
King admitted sharing photos with Chapman, but King's lawyer said his client was depressed at the time and acted without his wife's knowledge.
A joint recommendation was presented to the panel that King should not be suspended or disbarred, and should instead face fines.
Monday afternoon, a Law Society panel released its decision.
It ordered King pay Law Society costs of $13,650.
Chapman criticized the panel's decision.
"This was a kangaroo system (they've) got here, honestly," said Chapman.
He had previously been trying to launch multi-million-dollar lawsuits against Douglas, King and the law firm King worked for, but those cases were later dropped or thrown out.
The Law Society panel called King's actions an abuse of power, but said it was confident it was a one-time incident.
In addition to the fine, he's been restricted from practicing outside Manitoba.
"He will have to apply in each province - that's a real impediment in today's world where lawyers do cross borders," said Allan Fineblit, CEO of the Law Society.
Lori Douglas is also currently not hearing any cases until an investigation by the Canadian Judicial Council is completed.
- with files from CTV's Stacey Ashley and The Canadian Press