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Douglas Bruce Calls Unlicensed Law Allegation ‘Illegal,’ ‘Without Jurisdiction’

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DENVER — Anti-tax activist Douglas Bruce denies he practiced law without a license, according to a document received Thursday by the Colorado Supreme Court.

The high court issued in May an order for Bruce to show cause why he shouldn’t be enjoined from the unauthorized practice of law. He was served with the order in June had until Thursday to respond.

“[T]his proceeding is illegal and is being conducted without legal jurisdiction,” Bruce wrote.

He generally denied all claims that he acted as an attorney in two lawsuits that were filed by supporters against the city of Colorado Springs. Bruce, who got a law degree in 1973 and once served as prosecutor in Los Angeles, specifically denied that he is “an inactive California attorney.” According to the California state bar website, the status of his law license there is “resigned.”

He questioned whether he was being entrapped into practicing law without a license by responding to the show-cause order. He also demanded extensive discovery and a jury trial with a governor-appointed judge.

The Supreme Court can enter an injunction enjoining Bruce and fining him up to $2,000, or it can refer it to the Presiding Disciplinary Judge, who will serve as hearing master to find out more information.

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