Colorado

Aug 10, 2010 8:34 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Douglas Bruce hires high-profile defense lawyer

Colorado anti-tax activist Douglas Bruce has hired high-profile Denver lawyer David Lane to represent him in a contempt-of-court case.

The case stems from failed efforts to subpoena Bruce to testify in a lawsuit over tax-cutting measures on the November ballot. Bruce, who has represented himself in court, was in Denver District Court in July and is due back Aug. 18.

Lane represented former University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill, who created a furor with his essay likening some Sept. 11, 2001, terrorism victims to a Nazi who helped orchestrate the Holocaust.

Lane wants to postpone the upcoming hearing because he has a conflict. The attorney general's office, representing the secretary of state in the case, objects to a delay.

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