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The former chairman of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, David Lott Hardy, has been indicted by a Marion County grand jury on felony official misconduct charges, the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office announced Monday.

Hardy was caught up in an ethics scandal at the government agency involving Scott Storms, an administrative law judge and chief counsel for the commission. Storms worked on a number of Duke Energy cases pending before the commission and later applied for a job as an attorney for Duke. Hardy was fired by Gov. Mitch Daniels in October 2010 for allowing Storms to continue to work on Duke cases while he tried to land the job with Duke. Storms was also fired by Duke.

Hardy faces three Class D felony charges of official misconduct. Count I pertains to Hardy allowing Storms to continue to work on the Duke cases even while applying for a position with the company. Count II says Hardy failed to disclose an ex parte communication that happened in March 2008 with a Duke employee regarding revised cost estimates of Duke’s Edwardsport coal gasification plant construction project. Count III says Hardy didn’t disclose an ex parte communication that happened in February 2010 with Duke employees regarding revised cost estimates of the Edwardsport project.  

The prosecutor’s office filed the charges Monday morning, and the case will be randomly assigned to one of Marion County’s four D felony courts.
 

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  1. Andrew, you are a whistleblower against an ideologically corrupt system that is also an old boys network ... Including old gals .... You are a huge threat to them. Thieves, liars, miscreants they understand, identify with, coddle. But whistleblowers must go to the stake. Burn well my friend, burn brightly, tyger.

  2. VSB dismissed the reciprocal discipline based on what Indiana did to me. Here we have an attorney actually breaking ethical rules, dishonest behavior, and only getting a reprimand. I advocated that this supreme court stop discriminating against me and others based on disability, and I am SUSPENDED 180 days. Time to take out the checkbook and stop the arrogant cheating to hurt me and retaliate against my good faith efforts to stop the discrimination of this Court. www.andrewstraw.org www.andrewstraw.net

  3. http://www.andrewstraw.org http://www.andrewstraw.net If another state believes by "Clear and convincing evidence" standard that Indiana's discipline was not valid and dismissed it, it is time for Curtis Hill to advise his clients to get out the checkbook. Discrimination time is over.

  4. Congrats Andrew, your street cred just shot up. As for me ... I am now an administrative law judge in Kansas, commissioned by the Governor to enforce due process rights against overreaching government agents. That after being banished for life from the Indiana bar for attempting to do the same as a mere whistleblowing bar applicant. The myth of one lowly peasant with the constitution does not play well in the Hoosier state. As for what our experiences have in common, I have good reason to believe that the same ADA Coordinator who took you out was working my file since 2007, when the former chief justice hired the same, likely to "take out the politically incorrect trash" like me. My own dealings with that powerful bureaucrat and some rather astounding actions .. actions that would make most state courts blush ... actions blessed in full by the Ind.S.Ct ... here: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS

  5. I presented my defense against discipline to the Virginia State Bar this morning and the 26-member Board of Discipline 100% rejected what Indiana has done to me, including what Ahler did. Discipline DISMISSED.

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