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ACLU presents history of Amelia’s Tax Service case

To the Editor:

In late 2008, Weld County authorities illegally searched Amelia’s Tax & Translation Service in Greeley, seizing confidential files of thousands of taxpayers, although these authorities had suspicions implicating only one of these taxpayers. In a word, it was a classic fishing expedition.

On January of 2009, ACLU of Colorado (ACLUCO) filed a class action lawsuit in state district court, arguing that Weld County District Attorney and Sheriff violated the privacy rights of thousands of law-abiding taxpayers.

After a year-long legal struggle through the courts, the Colorado Supreme Court, on February 14, 2010, agreed with the original suit brought by ACLUCO that Weld County authorities did indeed violate the Fourth Amendment right to privacy of thousands of Greeley taxpayers whose tax returns had been illegally seized.

On Sunday, March 21, at 2 p. m., Mark Silverstein, Legal Director of ACLUCO, will talk about the history of this long journey through the courts, which culminated in the final victory for the innocent taxpayers whose privacy rights had been violated by Weld County authorities. The talk will be part of the membership meeting of the Northern Colorado Chapter of ACLUCO, and will be held at the Harmony Public Library, Shields and Harmony, in Fort Collins.

Admission to the talk is free, and the public is cordially invited. For further information, call Sidna Rachid, 377-9568, sidnarachid@hotmail.com [1].

.Roy C. Bath, Chair Northern Colorado Chapter, ACLUCO