|Alex Chapman leaves federal court on Broadway after testifying in the inquiry on Mon., July 16, 2012, to consider whether Judge Lori Douglas should be removed from the bench. (JASON HALSTEAD/QMI Agency)
Alex Chapman was back in court Tuesday fighting a court order that he repay $25,000 he received to keep quiet about sex allegations involving his former lawyer’s wife, Associate Chief Justice Lori Douglas.
A Manitoba Court of Appeal panel reserved its decision following a one-hour hearing.
Last June, Justice Chris Martin ruled Chapman clearly violated a confidentiality agreement when he went to the media and revealed his former lawyer Jack King tried to convince him in 2003 to have sex with Douglas, then a lawyer in private practice. Martin ordered Chapman to repay the $25,000, plus another $15,000 for King’s court costs.
Both King and Douglas have said Douglas was unaware of King’s actions.
Chapman, who represented himself at Tuesday’s hearing, denied supplying the media with nude pictures of Douglas and other damaging material he had promised to destroy as part of the confidentiality agreement.
Chapman claimed he signed the confidentiality agreement “under duress” and was unaware of its contents.
The conditions of the confidentiality agreement were clear cut and Chapman breached them, King’s lawyer Bill Gange said.
A judicial inquiry tasked with deciding whether Douglas can remain on the bench heard three weeks of testimony last summer. No dates have been set for it to resume.
Former independent counsel Guy Pratte resigned in August after raising concerns the inquiry panel had overstepped its bounds in allowing inquiry counsel George Macintosh to aggressively question King and another key witness. Susan Cote was appointed as new independent counsel in September.