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Disgraced lawyer gets reprimand

Law society raps knuckles for soliciting sex with wife

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This article was published 28/3/2011 (2976 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

After pleading guilty to professional misconduct Monday, disgraced lawyer Jack King got off with a reprimand.

The Law Society of Manitoba agreed with recommendations by lawyers for King and the law society not to suspend him for trying in 2003 to get a client to have sex with his wife, now Court of Queen's Bench Justice Lori Douglas.

The law society decided no fine was necessary. The reprimand, a "permanent blemish" on King's record, was enough, it said. But he will have to pay $13,650, the law society's costs in the matter.

King has already paid a price for his misconduct, the society said. In 2003, he informed his law office about what happened with his client and voluntarily quit working as a lawyer for nine months. He got help with the depression and anxiety that was blamed for his behaviour and hasn't been in trouble since, the law society said.

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 28/3/2011 (2976 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

After pleading guilty to professional misconduct Monday, disgraced lawyer Jack King got off with a reprimand.

The Law Society of Manitoba agreed with recommendations by lawyers for King and the law society not to suspend him for trying in 2003 to get a client to have sex with his wife, now Court of Queen's Bench Justice Lori Douglas.

‘To my wife, I can never apologize enough’ -- disgraced lawyer Jack King

WAYNE.GLOWACKI@FREEPRESS.MB.CA

‘To my wife, I can never apologize enough’ -- disgraced lawyer Jack King

The law society decided no fine was necessary. The reprimand, a "permanent blemish" on King's record, was enough, it said. But he will have to pay $13,650, the law society's costs in the matter.

King has already paid a price for his misconduct, the society said. In 2003, he informed his law office about what happened with his client and voluntarily quit working as a lawyer for nine months. He got help with the depression and anxiety that was blamed for his behaviour and hasn't been in trouble since, the law society said.

King's former client wasn't happy with its decision.

"He should be disbarred," said Alexander Chapman, who brought the case to light late last year. Chapman accused King of pressuring him in 2003 to have sex with Douglas, named a judge two years later. He said King gave him sexually explicit photos of Douglas.

A reprimand doesn't serve as a deterrent to protect lawyers' clients from sexual harassment, Chapman said at the law society's downtown office Monday. "This doesn't set any precedent for other lawyers about what goes on behind closed doors."

He questioned the propriety of the law society investigating one of its own. "It's a closed community," Chapman said.

Earlier Monday, King pleaded guilty to three types of professional misconduct — sexual harassment, "putting your own interest ahead of the lawyer's duty to protect the client," and "(requiring) a lawyer to conduct himself with integrity," the law society said. Lawyers convicted of professional misconduct face penalties ranging from disbarment and fines to reprimands such as the one King received.

The law society said it got involved when it received a complaint from Chapman in July. "It alleged that seven years earlier, Mr. King had solicited this client, who is a black man, to have sexual relations with Mr. King's wife and that the client had been directed to a website dedicated to interracial sex which contained sexually explicit photos of Mr. King's wife," the law society document said.

On Monday, King apologized for the damage his behaviour had caused, saying it had led to ridicule and contempt by others.

‘The actions of Mr. King... did grievous harm to me personally, both emotionally and professionally’ — former client Alex Chapman, above

WAYNE.GLOWACKI@FREEPRESS.MB.CA

‘The actions of Mr. King... did grievous harm to me personally, both emotionally and professionally’ — former client Alex Chapman, above

"To my wife, I can never apologize enough," he said, telling the law society panel deciding his professional fate that his wife had done nothing wrong. Bill Gange, King's lawyer, said his client had 32 years of previous experience that should be considered.

He said his client knew what he did was "wrong. He was playing with fire and he was burnt," Gange said.

After the hearing, King slipped away and did not offer any comment. Chapman provided copies of a three-page impact statement to media. He said he was dismayed King did not directly offer him an apology.

"The actions of Mr. King in 2003 and during the recent legal actions in 2010 did grievous harm to me personally, both emotionally and professionally," Chapman said in the victim-impact statement.

 

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