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Hart presents argument for appeal

BOISE – Tax-protesting Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart is arguing that a district judge abused his discretion by refusing to delay a court hearing when the legislator was in Boise debating a proposal to permit guns on state college campuses that he supported. In his appeal to the Idaho Supreme Court, Hart, R-Athol, devoted much of his opening brief to arguments over how a Coeur d’Alene judge, John Mitchell, went ahead with a hearing in Hart’s case March 16 when the Idaho House was “debating a very important piece of legislation which my constituents most certainly expect, and would demand, that I be present to vote on.”

Judge dismisses Hart appeal

An Idaho district court on Wednesday tossed state Rep. Phil Hart’s attempt to appeal a state Tax Commission order that he pay more than $53,000 in back state income taxes, including penalties and interest. In a sharply worded decision, 1st District Judge John Mitchell said part of Hart’s appeal “lacks any cogent legal argument” and labeled it “unthinkable” that Hart would call for sanctions against the Tax Commission’s attorney when it was Hart who failed to file his appeal in a timely fashion.

Hart ruling may come today

Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, was in a Coeur d’Alene courtroom Tuesday attempting to appeal a state Board of Tax Appeals decision rejecting his state income tax appeal. The state Tax Commission has ordered Hart to pay $53,523 in back state income taxes, penalties and interest. First District Court Judge John Mitchell took the case under advisement and said he may rule as early as today.