INDIANAPOLIS (AP) A judge has refused to dismiss an official misconduct charge against Indiana’s former top utility regulator.
David Lott Hardy’s attorney told a judge Monday that he would file a pretrial appeal, Marion County prosecutor’s office spokeswoman Brienne Delaney said.
The former chairman of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission was indicted in December on three counts of official misconduct. The indictment alleged that Hardy allowed the panel’s top lawyer to keep overseeing cases involving Duke Energy even though he knew the attorney was trying to land a job at the utility company.
Hardy had filed a motion in Marion Superior Court in April to dismiss an amended indictment against him, claiming he did nothing criminal. He claimed the charges are too broad and seek to impose criminal liability for violating administrative rules.
One of the counts alleges that Hardy communicated with Duke Energy employees