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5/26/2005

Kinsella SLAPPED

Maybe, he quotes a National Post piece on the pending litigation with the nicely double edged remark: "Sorry, but there is nothing I can say about this. That's how it works."

In one of the most dramatic battles, a legal manoeuvre that could easily find its way into fiction, two close friends of Martin, Terrie O'Leary and Mike Robinson, have launched separate libel notices against onetime colleague and Jean Chretien loyalist Warren Kinsella. The legal action centres on claims Kinsella made at the public accounts committee about contracts Robinson's firm, Earnscliffe Research, won at the Finance Department under Martin's tenure as minister and relations between O'Leary and her close friend, Liberal campaign chair David Herle, a former Earnscliffe associate, at the same time.

Ottawa litigation lawyer John Telfer, who keeps a close eye on Parliament Hill affairs through his position as informal legal adviser to the Hill Times, says the legal action could inhibit further media coverage of Kinsella's accusations.
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Having pasted Kinsella for threatening to sue assorted bloggers a few months ago, I can't help but be pleased to see the shoe on the other foot.

That said, my sense is that this is a part of a Liberal campaign to sideline people like Kinsella and Andrew Coyne with essentially spurious litigation. The objective is not to repair injured reputations; rather it is to cut off discussion of matters such as Earnscliffe which the Martinites prefer never to have discussed.