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Two days of court mediation are scheduled in mid-April for the long-running litigation concerning East Chicago casino revenue and economic development agreements, but the Indiana attorney general wants the city council to consider setting up a trusteeship for the millions of dollars generated through those agreements.

Attorney General Greg Zoeller on Feb. 25 asked the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority to assume responsibility for more than $8 million currently held in escrow, money that was casino revenue intended for local economic development activity. The AG says a trusteeship could be created to manage the funds and decide how they’d be spent. That would be separate from the city to ensure public credibility and transparency, Zoeller said.

This is part of the investigation into political corruption and misuse of casino money in that city, tied to the separate racketeering action that brought a $108 million damages judgment against former East Chicago Mayor Robert Pastrick and his top allies. Several lawsuits are ongoing over this gambling revenue, and it’s a topic that Zoeller has urged lawmakers to address to provide more transparency about these agreements and how local money is generated and spent.

 

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  1. Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

  2. I pd for a bankruptcy years ago with Mr Stiles and just this week received a garnishment from my pay! He never filed it even though he told me he would! Don't let this guy practice law ever again!!!

  3. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  4. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  5. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

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