INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Attorneys for Indiana’s former top utility regulator who was charged with breaking state ethics rules say he’s immune from criminal prosecution.
Lawyers for former Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission chairman David Lott Hardy tried to persuade the state appeals court on Monday that he’s covered by a change in law that came after he was indicted in 2011 on felony misconduct charges.
The state attorney general’s office is asking the court to reinstate criminal charges against Hardy.
Then-Gov. Mitch Daniels fired Hardy as commission chairman in 2010 following disclosure of private meetings he had with Duke Energy executives about cost overruns at the $3.5 billion coal-gasification plant at Edwardsport in southwestern Indiana.
A Marion County judge threw out the charges against Hardy, citing 2012 changes in state law.