Lawyer suspended for leaking information during Kent election bid

A former television news correspondent known as the Scud Stud says he feels vindicated by the suspension of a prominent lawyer who has admitted she leaked damaging information about him while he was running for a seat in the Alberta legislature.

CALGARY — A former television news correspondent known as the Scud Stud says he feels vindicated by the suspension of a prominent lawyer who has admitted she leaked damaging information about him while he was running for a seat in the Alberta legislature.

The Law Society of Alberta confirms Kristine Robidoux of Calgary, who was a member of Arthur Kent’s campaign team when he unsuccessfully ran for the provincial Progressive Conservatives in 2008, has been suspended for four months for disclosing confidential information about her client.

Kent suffered a narrow defeat after a piece by Canwest columnist Don Martin. The headline, according to the agreed facts, was Alberta’s ’Scud Stud’ a ’Dud’ on Campaign Trail and the column was based in part on information provided by Robidoux, who was unnamed in the article.

“For me and for our campaign team the actions of Ms. Robidoux and Mr. Martin and the other sources of his article virtually brought our fundraising to an end and they contributed to a very narrow defeat back in 2008,” Kent said Tuesday. “The fact that it’s taken six years? It’s a very dark realization that politics is regarded as a blood sport by too many people in the Progressive Conservative party.”

Kent rose to international prominence and acquired his nickname when he reported for NBC during the 1991 Persian Gulf War. He often went live on the air from a hotel rooftop as Iraqi Scud missiles were launched into Saudi Arabia. In 2008, he was a star candidate for the provincial Tories in the constituency of Calgary-Currie.

In an agreed statement of facts submitted at a law society hearing Monday, Robidoux admitted she leaked damaging information about Kent to Martin, and forwarded emails that detailed how Kent was not following the advice of his campaign team.

Kent is in a prolonged civil lawsuit against Martin, his former employers, the National Post and Calgary Herald, and several people who are members of the Alberta Progressive Conservative party, including Robidoux.

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