November 30, 2016 8:30 pm
Updated: November 30, 2016 8:31 pm

A look at the legal career and trial that led to judge Robin Camp controversy

WATCH ABOVE: A Canadian Judicial Council panel report says Justice Robin Camp should be removed from the bench, after he asked an alleged victim of sexual assault why she couldn’t just keep her knees together. As Reid Fiest reports, Camp now has a chance to respond before the Council makes a final decision on his future.

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CALGARY – An inquiry committee of the Canadian Judicial Council has recommended federal Justice Robin Camp lose his job for asking a sexual assault complainant in a 2014 trial why she couldn’t keep her knees closed. The accused, Alexander Wagar, was acquitted by Camp, who was a provincial court judge at the time, but that decision was overturned.

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Here is a look at some of the information the court heard at Wagar’s retrial in November:

— Wagar and the complainant, who can’t be named under a publication ban, were at a house party in Calgary on Dec. 14, 2011. The woman, who is now 24, told court she had been living in homeless shelters and had alcohol and drug addictions.

— She said Wagar had been “flirty” and was making it clear he wanted to have sex with her. “He was telling me I was skinny and pretty and had a nice body,” she testified.

— Later, when she was in the bathroom, Wagar came in, locked the door and ripped her clothes off, she said. “He was starting to hurt me. I told him to stop,” she testified. “I was scared. I was very drunk.”

— The sexual assault lasted 15 to 20 minutes, she said.

— Wagar testified that the sex was consensual. He said the two had been smoking pot in the bathroom before it happened and he decided to “go for it.”

— “She didn’t shy away from me in any shape or form,” he said. “She said she liked me.”

— Wagar testified that he would have stopped if the woman said no, but he acknowledged under cross-examination that the complainant “never said ‘yes’ directly.”

— Judge Jerry LeGrandeur said he will deliver a verdict Jan. 31.

Here are some details of Camp’s legal career:

 Camp receives a bachelor of laws degree in 1975 from Stellenbosch University in South Africa. He goes on to serve as an advocate of the Supreme Court of the Transvaal and works as a lawyer in Botswana until 1998.

 Camp successfully completes challenge exams to requalify as a lawyer in Canada in 1998. He is admitted to the Alberta bar in 1999.

 Camp practises law with the Duncan McCachen/Duncan Camp firm in Calgary until 2003.

 He moves to JSS Barristers in Calgary in 2004 and practices there until 2012, becoming a managing partner in 2008. Former Alberta premier Alison Redford’s ex-husband, Robert Hawkes, is a partner with the firm.

 Camp teaches a course at the University of Calgary’s faculty of law in 2011.

 Redford’s cabinet votes to appoint Camp a provincial court judge on March 15, 2012.

 Camp presides over a 2014 sex assault trial in which he makes the controversial comments that will eventually lead to a Canadian Judicial Council hearing into his conduct. Camp acquits the accused, but the verdict is overturned on appeal and a new trial is ordered.

 Peter MacKay, federal Conservative justice minister at the time, names Camp a Federal Court judge on June 26, 2015.

 On Sept. 9, 2016, Camp apologizes for the comments he made at the sexual assault trial. He tells a Canadian Judicial Council panel hearing that he wishes he had never said what he did. “I was not the good judge I thought I was,” he said. “I struck the wrong tone in counsel submissions. I was rude and facetious.”

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