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Hickenlooper Ethics Trial Will Proceed Despite Former Gov's Objections to Video Hearing

Added 05-28-20 04:20:04pm EST - “John Hickenlooper's ethics trial will still proceed as scheduled next week, despite his objections to it being conducted by video.” - Freebeacon.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Freebeacon.com: “Hickenlooper Ethics Trial Will Proceed Despite Former Gov's Objections to Video Hearing”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Democratic Senate candidate John Hickenlooper's ethics trial will still proceed as scheduled next week despite the former Colorado governor's objections to it being conducted by video, the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission ruled Wednesday.

Hickenlooper has been accused of violating state limits on gifts and travel for elected officials by allegedly accepting free private flights and luxury hotel stays from donors and corporations during his time in office.

Hickenlooper objected to the remote hearing scheduled for June 4, saying it would violate his due process rights if he is unable to testify in person with his attorney present. He filed a motion with the ethics commission last week saying he would "not appear at the hearing as it is now scheduled" and threatening to sue if the hearing is not delayed.

But the ethics commission rejected Hickenlooper's motion and his alternative suggestion that he be allowed to submit his testimony in writing.

"The [commission] finds that Respondent's suggested solution of submitting written testimony in lieu of a hearing would fall short of procedural due process requirements and is plainly an attempt to avoid appearing at hearing," said the ruling.

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