Seeking testimony on financial measures
By Tim Hoover The Denver Post - 05/29/2010
Court-filed notes detail process servers' repeated visits to Douglas Bruce's house. (Diego James Robles, The Denver Post)
COLORADO SPRINGS — The state has tried 29 times since May 4 to serve notice of a court order on anti-tax crusader Douglas Bruce to testify in a campaign-finance case.
But in an e-mail to The Denver Post on Friday, Bruce — the Republican one-session lawmaker best known as the father of the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights — said he'd been out of town since May 5 and had only gotten back Thursday morning.
Still, the state's next step may be to seek contempt of court proceedings against him.
A May 10 court order from Denver District Judge Brian Whitney compelled Bruce to testify in a campaign-finance case aimed at finding out who is behind three initiatives that would slash billions of dollars in state and local taxes and dramatically limit the state's ability to construct new buildings.
Process servers and El Paso County sheriff's deputies have visited Bruce's home early in the day and late in the evening, leaving notices and cards at the door, which were removed when they returned to try again. They've called Bruce but haven't heard back.
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Colorado has tried to serve Douglas Bruce 29 times