Panel investigating judge's nude photos resigns, inquiry back at square one

WINNIPEG – A panel investigating a Manitoba judge over nude photos has resigned en masse, potentially putting the investigation back at square one.

A committee of the Canadian Judicial Council, including three chief justices, says the resignations are the best way to have the stalled inquiry proceed.

The committee has been examining Manitoba Queen’s Bench Justice Lori Douglas, who faced a complaint in 2010 that she had sexually harassed a man named Alex Chapman.

Chapman alleged that Douglas’s husband had shown him sexually explicit photos of the judge and had posted the pictures online.

The judicial council hearings soon became bogged down as Douglas’s lawyer alleged the committee hearing the matter appeared to be biased against her client.

Now that the panel has resigned, it’s up the judicial council to appoint a new committee and either resume or restart the hearing.

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