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Ex-Indiana Utility Chief to Stand Trial for Aiding GC
The ethics scandal involving Scott Storms, the former general counsel of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, has taken a new turn. This week a state appeals court ruled that Stormss former boss must stand trial for helping Storms set up a new job with Duke Energy Corp. while he still worked on Duke cases before the commission.
David Lott Hardy, who headed the commission until he was fired in 2010 over the scandal, was indicted last December on three felony counts. The first involved Storms, and the others relate to his oversight of cost overruns and other problems at Duke Energys new $3 billion power plant in Edwardsport.
After his firing and indictment, Hardy appealed the charges to the Indiana Court of Appeals, saying they were overbroad and unconstitutional.
He also asked the appeals court to allow him to avoid trial because he has aplastic anemia, a serious bone-marrow disease requiring frequent treatments.
Monday the court rejected his appeal without comment. His attorneys didnt return messages seeking comment.
Prosecutors have accused Hardy of helping Storms seek a job as in-house counsel with Dukes Indiana subsidiary while Storms was still GC for the commission. At the time, Storms was supervising two Duke cost-overrun cases before the agency.
In the wake of a public outcry over hiring Storms, Duke fired him. The incident led to a state investigation that resulted in Hardys indictment and state ethics charges against Storms.