Jack King, the Winnipeg lawyer whose nude photos of his wife Justice Lori Douglas, triggered a judicial scandal, has died.
The family issued a statement today saying, "it is with great sorrow that we confirm that our beloved husband, father, and friend Jack King died peacefully early this morning after a short bout with cancer. We would ask that our privacy be respected during this difficult time."
King has made news since 2010 when it was discovered he posted photos of Douglas on a website. It was then revealed one of his former clients, Alex Chapman, alleged King tried to coerce him into having sex with Douglas in 2003.
Chapman said King also sent him explicit nude photos of Douglas, who was a lawyer at the time in the same firm as King.
Douglas, associate chief justice for the Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench, remains under suspension.
Just on Monday, Douglas asked the courts to order an end to an inquiry into her conduct on the grounds she cannot get a fair hearing.
The Canadian Judicial Council began disciplinary hearings into Douglas's conduct 3-1/2 years ago after Chapman complained the couple had sexually harassed him in 2003.
The hearing collapsed when Pratte, who was hired as independent counsel to ensure evidence in the case was presented fairly, resigned in August 2012.