Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'Scud Stud' Arthur Kent Gets Evidence Needed to File Criminal Fraud Complaint

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'Scud Stud' Arthur Kent Gets Evidence Needed to File Criminal Fraud Complaint

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'Scud Stud' court victory on civil evidence

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CALGARY - A former television correspondent known as the Scud Stud has been given judicial approval to file a criminal complaint against his former lawyer.

Arthur Kent is in a prolonged civil lawsuit against former National Post and Calgary Herald columnist Don Martin and several people who are members of the Alberta Progressive Conservative party.

Kent, 59, alleges that the political defendants conspired to sabotage his campaign to win the constituency of Calgary Currie in the 2008 provincial election. He claims the media defendants defamed him.

"I allege senior figures within the PC party sabotaged their own candidate after I criticized patronage practices and certain policies of the former premier Mr. Stelmach," Kent said outside court Friday.

He wants to file a criminal complaint against his former lawyer Sabri Shawa, who he says has ties to the Tories because he is with the law firm contracted by the government in its $10-billion lawsuit against the tobacco industry. Kent wants to use evidence and documents uncovered in the lawsuit as part of his complaint to police that he has been a victim of fraud.

"I was never informed of Mr. Shawa and his firm's extensive connections and relationships with senior PC figures, the office of the Progressive Conservative government, the office of the privacy commissioner and other conflicts of interest with their clients."

In his affidavit, Kent alleges Shawa worked with party insiders to derail Kent's lawsuit.

Alberta Queen's Bench Justice William Tilleman said he was "somewhat surprised" there was no objection to Kent asking for the release of disclosed evidence from the lawsuit. Tilleman approved the request in the absence of any objections.

"I am not commenting on the merits of the allegation," the judge said.

Tilleman suggested that there are remedies that Kent could pursue, including civil action or turning the matter over to police or the Law Society of Alberta, which can recommend "if an investigation is warranted, if charges should be laid. …

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