Gard­ner gets five sub­poe­naes

Pro­test­ers ar­rested at Den­ver of­fice want sen­a­tor at hear­ing

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Danika Wor­thing­ton

Sen. Cory Gard­ner has a court date.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the Repub­li­can re­ceived five sub­poe­nas Fri­day af­ter­noon at his Den­ver of­fice, or­der­ing Gard­ner to ap­pear in court in the cases of five pro­test­ers who were ar­rested and cited on tres­pass­ing charges dur­ing a sit-in at his of­fice, their lawyer Alan Kennedy-Shaf­fer said.

Gard­ner’s of­fice did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment.

On July 6, a group of pro­test­ers ral­lied out­side Gard­ner’s down­town of­fice on 17th and Ara­pa­hoe streets as part of a na­tional move­ment to urge GOP law­mak­ers to vote no on the Se­nate health care bill. Pro­test­ers ini­tially held a sit-in at the of­fice build­ing’s lobby. Gard­ner’s staff in­vited five up to his of­fice and co­or­di­nated a call with Gard­ner.

The pro­test­ers, who were with the Demo­cratic So­cial­ists of Amer­ica, re­fused to leave af­ter the call. The build­ing is pri­vate and closes at 5 p.m. Po­lice were called to ar­rest and cite the pro­test­ers. Gard­ner was listed as the vic­tim on the ar­rest citations, which is why he is ob­li­gated to tes­tify, Kennedy-Shaf­fer said.

“My clients were in­vited up to Sen. Gard­ner’s of­fice to talk about health care and Sen. Gard­ner him­self got on the phone with my clients while they were in his of­fice and never once asked them to leave and never said they would be ar­rested.”

The court date is set for Aug. 8. If Gard­ner does not ap­pear, Kennedy-Shaf­fer said he’ll ask for the charges to be dis­missed and for the sen­a­tor be held in con­tempt of court.

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