Inquiry lawyer quits

The independent lawyer leading the inquiry into a Manitoba judge and her naked photos has quit his post.

WINNIPEG — The independent lawyer leading the inquiry into a Manitoba judge and her naked photos has quit his post.

Guy Pratte’s resignation comes after he filed a motion last week with the Federal Court arguing that the Canadian Judicial Council panel hearing the inquiry had over-stepped its bounds by becoming involved in a hearing while also presiding over it.

Pratte did not immediately return calls seeking comment and the executive director of the council would not say why Pratte stepped down.

“I am not going to comment on why he left. We are aware of course of the judicial review application and it is something that the council may have to address at some point,” Norman Sabourin said Monday.

“We have accepted that resignation and we have to move forward to make sure it doesn’t create a delay.”

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