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Douglas inquiry to go on

The Canadian Judicial Council inquiry on Justice Lori Douglas will continue.

On Friday morning the inquiry panel chair, Alberta Chief Justice Catherine Fraser, delivered the panel's ruling that a tough round of questioning from its own lawyer earlier this week did not indicate the panel was too biased to proceed.

Sheila Block, Justice Lori Douglas's lawyer, walks to the Canadian Judicial Council's inquiry Friday morning.

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Sheila Block, Justice Lori Douglas's lawyer, walks to the Canadian Judicial Council's inquiry Friday morning. Photo Store

On Thursday Douglas's lawyer, Sheila Block, had demanded the inquiry be folded after inquiry lawyer George Macintosh peppered Douglas's husband Jack King with a stiff round of questions.

The inquiry's independent lawyer, Guy Pratte, had threatened to quit if the panel lawyer continued to interview witnesses in that way, suggesting it indicated the panel didn't have faith in his examination of witnesses.

In the ruling, the panel found it was both acceptable to direct Macintosh to ask questions on its behalf, and that the "firm and persistent" manner of Macintosh's questions were appropriate given how King had testified.

The inquiry will continue Friday with testimony from Justice Martin Freedman.

It will resume in September with testimony from more witnesses, including Douglas.

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Updated on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 10:47 AM CDT: Updates with info on those testifying today and in September

11:29 AM: adds photo

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