Rep. Phil Hart's Motions Denied; Tax Trial Set for Nov. 6


A U.S. District Court Judge has cleared the way for federal prosecutors to proceed with their case against Athol Republican Rep. Phil Hart for failing to pay income taxes.

Justice Edward Lodge handed down three orders today, all in favor the U.S. Government and against Hart. The north Idaho lawmaker had argued that feds should have been barred for serving him with a notice of deficiency while the Idaho Legislature was in session. Additionally, Hart had sought to have tax assessments reduced and foreclosure stalled on a parcel of his property in Kootenai County.

Lodge ordered that there be no more delays in the matter and presented Hart with a firm schedule:

-Final discovery should be completed by June 4.
-Pre-trial motions, responses and reply briefs must be filed by Aug. 6.
-The trial date has been set for 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday Nov. 6 - Election Day - in Coeur d'Alene federal court.