Colorado anti-tax advocate finally served with subpoena
June 30, 2010
DENVER (AP) – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers finally got his man.
Suthers’ spokesman Mike Saccone said Tuesday that process servers located anti-tax activist Douglas Bruce and served him with a citation for contempt of court after trying more than 30 times to serve him with a subpoena.
Denver District Court Judge Brian Whitney ruled there is evidence that Bruce flouted the law. He ordered Bruce to show up July 26 for a hearing.
Bruce said he was never properly served.
“I did nothing wrong, that’s the upshot, because I was never served. The judge has already found me guilty, he’s already made up his mind. This is America, and Douglas Bruce has rights to due process of law,” Bruce said.
Bruce was in court Tuesday fighting a subpoena ordering him to appear before a grand jury in an unrelated case, but Saccone said he didn’t know when or where process servers found Bruce.
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Kathleen Walsh, spokesman for the district attorney’s office, said Bruce was ordered to show up Wednesday to testify before the grand jury. She said the grand jury proceedings are secret and she refused to disclose why Bruce was called to testify.
The judge denied a motion by Bruce to quash the two subpoenas for the grand jury after Bruce contended they weren’t valid because one was unsigned and the other didn’t provide sufficient notice.
The district attorney argued that Bruce was given the required 48 hours notice prior to his scheduled grand jury appearance.
State officials wanted Bruce to testify in an administrative case looking into who’s financing three measures on the November state ballot, but they couldn’t find him. The initiatives would limit the ability of local and state governments to borrow and spend money.