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Mother Corp is “after the sex angle” in Manitoba judge scandal, complains bar association


 

You’d hope an organization of lawyers would hold a more sophisticated world view than this, but alas, the Manitoba Bar Association claims the CBC had no business publishing sensational details of a complaint against a Court of Queen’s Bench judge because—well, because. In a piece published in the current issue of Lawyer’s Weekly, association president Ken Mandzuik does some righteous harumphing about the CBC’s “salacious” coverage of a complaint against Justice Lori Douglas, naked photographs of whom allegedly appeared on a website dedicated to bondage and sado-masochistic sex. “They are going after the sex angle, plain and simple,” he says of the CBC, not really known as a purveyor of smut. Fine, fair enough. Bad CBC. But Mandzuik goes on to suggest the Corp had no business publishing any of the lurid details in the complaint “really, before an official body decides that something that Justice Douglas did was wrong.” Huh? Did counsel miss his law-school class on the Charter, and role of press freedom in a democratic society? In Mandzuik’s ideal universe, it seems, the media would dutifully sit on damaging information involving important people like judges until rightfully empowered panels like the Canadian Judicial Council have a chance to weigh it and pass judgment first. After all, we wouldn’t want Canadians to start judging the behaviour of judges—or for that matter, the judicial council—would we?

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  1. The CBC lacks discipline. They must be punished.

  2. Y'know, this has less the quality of an anonymized Need-To-Know item as it does a signed This-Is-What-I'm-Thinking blog post. Was there an inadvertent misfiling of the post?

  3. given the sad state of the Canadian electorate it now degenerates to watching and observing "elite" institutions – Media,the Law,Medicine to duke it out, each accusing the other of impropriety and infringement of jurisdiction? As far as I can deduce in this era it should be all about "transparency"; which implies "trust". But it appears at every turn, and in every institution it is running towards the opposite pole. But what do we expect from a nation more interested in the next episode of Desperate Housewives and Hockey Night in Canada. to quote a celebrity in a recent interview on the National: everyone is "confused"

  4. Yeah – How dare the CBC take those photos! Shame on them!

  5. Wait wait wait.. I thought the courts and judges were all activist and left-leaning pinkos.. but the CBC is a nasty activist left-leaning pinko as well, isn't it?

    I'd argue that the battle here would have minds at SDA imploding, but perhaps I'm presuming too much..

    • whoi is gonna out pinko the pinkos?!?!

  6. The real question is, who the hell cares if a judge likes engaging in SM porn in her/his free time? If the CBC should be ashamed of anything it's continuing the stigma that says there's something scandalous about following one's sexual passions.

    Good for Lori Douglass. She has a great sex life. That's wonderful. Let's move on.

    • I don't personally have a problem with her being into S&M, or whatever else she's into, but if her husband was pressuring his clients to have sex with her, that seems to cross a few lines, as fas as I'm concerned, especially if she was aware of it. If she wasn't and her husband used photos taken for his personal use and he misused them, well then I'd suggest that she sue and divorce him. I would, personally.

      Of course, we don't know for sure if that's what was really going on (at least last time I checked), so it might have been a bit premature to run the story. If she was unaware, there could be serious damages to be paid by the CBC.

    • Sorry MTB. If you want to be a judge, you don't get that life. Plain and simple

      • And what kind of "life" is that, exactly? How does being into SM porn affect her ability to do her job? Does having raucous sex impair one's ability to comprehend the law? Where is the research demonstrating that being into SM makes one an inferior judge?

        Face it, there's no justification for discriminating against people who are into SM. Small-minded bigots like you are just jealous that she's smart AND she's getting laid–two things you clearly don't have going for you.

        • Thank you for the ad hominem attack. I will take that as your conceeding the debate.

          • The bottom line is this, according to law, Justice must not only be done, it but also appear to be done. So any reasonable aprehension of a Judiciary that is biassed is considered a threat to justice. In this case, she could have quite easily been blackmailed. What if this gentleman had to argue a case in front of her? As a matter of fact, we have a shady $25,000 payout from her former firm, to keep this guy quiet and we don't even know whether she knew about that. Overall, the whole situation lessens confidence in the justice system. In shot "It doesn't look good". That is the standard in law. So she can't remain a judge.

  7. Everyone knows it is the media's job to pass judgment. Her sex life (between consenting adults by the way) is far more important than her performance as a judge. These lawyers have to get with it.

    • Awesome comment!

    • The bottom line is this, according to law, Justice must not only be done, it but also appear to be done. So any reasonable aprehension of a Judiciary that is biassed is considered a threat to justice. In this case, she could have quite easily been blackmailed. What if this gentleman had to argue a case in front of her? As a matter of fact, we have a shady $25,000 payout from her former firm, to keep this guy quiet and we don't even know whether she knew about that. Overall, the whole situation lessens confidence in the justice system. In shot "It doesn't look good". That is the standard in law. So she can't remain a judge

  8. Well if fairness is an issue they can expose the sex life of CBC staffers( from those who expose it up to where the buck stops), can't they? The person who is the complainant, I have heard, has done this kind of thing nine times in the past. Litigation and making money out of it, is probably his way of making more money, if it is not his full time job. They should investigate if blackmailing is part of his resume.

  9. Lets see,,,her husband pressured the guy into having sex with her,,then bribed the guy to keep his mouth shut. Isn't this the type of crime judges regularly see in their courtrooms??
    Maybe Justice Lori Douglas didn't know what her husband was doing but from the public's perspective she is much too close to someone who is breaking the same laws as she is upholding (sending people to prison).

  10. The CBC AND the bar association are both p*ss poor examples