UPDATED WITH PANEL DECISION
Winnipeg lawyer Jack King pleaded guilty to three counts of professional misconduct — sexual harassment, conflict, and failing to conduct one’s self with integrity — before the Law Society of Manitoba today. The three-person discipline panel that heard the case opted to reprimand King rather than impose a suspension, the usual punishment for sexual harassment.
King, who is at the centre of a sex scandal involving his wife, family court judge Lori Douglas, and a former client.
A law graduate caught up in British Columbia’s long-running railway scandal will be before the Law Society of Upper Canada today seeking permission to practise law.
Erik Bornmann had been a lobbyist working for U.S. railway company OmniTRAX Inc., according to a B.C. Supreme Court judgment in R. v. Basi in 2009. At the time, the provincial government was seeking to sell BC Rail, a matter that led to corruption and fraud charges against ministerial aides Dave Basi and Bobby Virk. Basi had been executive assistant to then-finance minister Gary Collins, while Virk did the same job for former transportation minister Judith Reid.
According to the Vancouver Sun, Bornmann made about $28,000 in regular payments to Basi. In return, Basi leaked confidential information to Bornmann about the bidding for BC Rail that eventually led to a $1-billion privatization deal with CN Rail. Bornmann worked for Pilothouse Public Affairs, the company that represented OmniTrax.