It wasn’t bad enough that Douglas Bruce lost a bid to join the Colorado Springs City Council last week. It still wasn’t bad enough when he was arrested Friday for tax evasion.
Today, it is is officially bad enough as the man known for writing and promoting Colorado’s Taxpayers Bill of Rights, had the most recent chapter of his life chronicled in the The New York Times.
Taxpayers have rights. It says so in the Colorado Constitution in an amendment known as Tabor, which passed in a voter referendum drive in the early 1990s that was led by a man named Douglas E. Bruce.
Criminal defendants? Yes, they have rights, too, as Mr. Bruce learned the hard way last week after he was arrested for what prosecutors said was a failure to pay his taxes.