10 News Investigators: Congressman Vern Buchanan could face contempt charge for "no-show" at deposition

8:30 PM, Jul 31, 2012   |    comments
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SARASOTA, Florida -- Sarasota Congressman Vern Buchanan may be facing more legal problems after he failed to show up for a court ordered deposition Monday.

Buchanan is being sued by a former partner who says the congressman used him to make illegal campaign contributions. Buchanan was supposed to be deposed under oath, but was a no-show.

Attorney Robert Stok, who represents the man suing Buchanan, says he will file contempt charges against the congressman and ask that he be put in jail. Even though Buchanan was a no-show, Stock brought files and had plenty to say on the record.

"This is the third re-notice of taking the deposition of Vern Buchanan, a United States congressman, someone who has sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States, and he's not here in violation of a court order. And it is our position that this misconduct is outrageous. Mr. Buchanan has no regard whatsoever for the order of the court. He has no regard whatsoever for the law because he has chosen not to be here."

A spokesperson for Buchanan told the 10 News Investigators the only reason he didn't show is because his attorney suffered a setback from a serious illness. The spokesman said Buchanan was ready then and he will be ready again when the deposition is rescheduled.

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