Legal wrangling has delayed attempts by Orange County Democrats to question Laurie Campbell, a candidate for Assemblywoman Doris Allen's seat who was thrown off the Nov. 28 ballot last month after a judge determined that her nominating petitions were falsified.
In a politically charged battle, Democrats were attempting to force Campbell to testify under oath today as part of a lawsuit they have filed. They hope to prove that Campbell's Democratic candidacy was engineered by one or more Republican legislators in an effort to dilute the vote for another Democratic contestant.
Four Republicans and one Democrat are still competing for the right to succeed Allen (R-Cypress) if she is recalled in a simultaneous special election.
On Monday, Campbell's attorneys filed legal papers in Sacramento Superior Court contending that she was not given the proper 15-day notice for the legal deposition and that the questioning should be delayed until the statute of limitations has expired on any criminal charges against her. The Orange County district attorney's office is investigating to determine whether Campbell violated the state Election Code.