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Douglas disciplinary hearing not biased: federal court

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A federal court has ruled that a disciplinary hearing into the conduct of Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Lori Douglas was not biased and ought not to be suspended.

The ruling, which came out Friday, is the latest twist in the procedurally confusing and drawn out case of the judge accused of sexual harassment after her husband, lawyer Jack King, took and distributed nude photos of Douglas and tried to arrange a sexual tryst with his client.

The federal court’s ruling is, to some degree, moot, because the Canadian Judicial Council panel resigned shortly before the hearings were to begin in federal court. That neutered Douglas’ claim the panel was biased against her.

A new panel was recently created, but it’s not yet clear whether it will now begin hearing the Douglas case anew or whether anyone will appeal the federal court’s ruling.

 

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