Colorado

Sep 8, 2010 8:37 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Douglas Bruce not held in contempt of court

A judge has ruled that anti-tax activist Douglas Bruce won't be held in contempt of court for not testifying in a lawsuit about tax-slashing ballot measures, but he will have to answer questions about them.

Denver District Judge Brian Whitney ruled Tuesday against the attorney general's request to hold Bruce in contempt. State officials claim Bruce repeatedly ducked subpoenas.

The Denver Post reports that Whitney told Bruce he still must appear for a deposition to answer questions about his involvement with the three initiatives on November ballot.

Government lawyers say the father of Colorado's Taxpayer's Bill of Rights has been illegally avoiding answering questions about the ballot proposals.

Bruce has said he has nothing to do with those measures.

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