Leader Of Signature-Collecting Company Due In Court

Monday, October 1st 2007, 3:09 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ The president of an organization that collects signatures on initiative petition drives is expected to be in Oklahoma County district court Tuesday responding to a grand jury indictment.

Susan Johnson is the president of National Voter Outreach. Johnson refused to testify last May before Oklahoma's multicounty grand jury, which is assisted by the office of Attorney General Drew Edmondson.

Johnson went to court in Michigan last April in a bid to keep from having to come to Oklahoma to appear before the grand jury, but a judge ruled against her.

At the time, she said she had not knowingly done anything wrong.

On Friday, defense attorney Stephen Jones said the Michigan woman and two others had been indicted by the grand jury as part of an investigation of how signatures were collected on a petition for a so-called taxpayer bill of rights, commonly referred to as TABOR.