Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Appeal Court finds Chapman broke confidentiality deal

  • Print

OTTAWA -- The man who alleged he was sexually harassed by a Manitoba judge before she was appointed to the bench breached the confidentiality agreement he signed in 2003, the Manitoba Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday.

Alexander Chapman lost his appeal of a lower court ruling that said he had to repay $25,000 he received after he went public in 2010.

Chapman alleges his former lawyer, Jack King, attempted to get him to have sex with King's wife, Lori Douglas. She was a lawyer at the time, but was appointed to the bench in 2005. Douglas has been on leave since Chapman's allegations were made public. The Canadian Judicial Council launched an inquiry into the case.

In June, Chapman was ordered to repay the $25,000 and pay more than $7,000 in King's legal costs. He appealed that decision. The Court of Appeal dismissed his appeal Wednesday. The judges agreed with the original judge that Chapman had breached the agreement.

The court also denied Chapman's attempt to raise new issues during the appeal, noting he had failed to show up during the original hearing. The appeal judges also seemed to agree with King that Chapman attempted to use the appeal as a chance to argue his own lawsuit against King, which he filed in 2010. That lawsuit was thrown out by the courts.

King has admitted to giving Chapman nude photos of his wife but Douglas has denied any knowledge of the situation.

The inquiry is on hold while procedural matters are sorted out, including a request to have the procedure thrown out. It argues the five members of the inquiry committee are biased against Douglas.

mia.rabson@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 6, 2012 A6

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

The Winnipeg Free Press is not accepting comments on this story.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Police: Three or four infants' bodies found in storage locker

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Geese take cover in long grass in the Tuxedo Business Park near Route 90 Wednesday- Day 28– June 27, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • PHIL HOSSACK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS 060710 The full moon rises above the prairie south of Winnipeg Monday evening.

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Will you get out and vote for a new mayor and council?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google