Indiana wants Hardy misconduct charges reinstated

David Lott Hardy
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The state will appeal a ruling that threw out four felony counts of official misconduct against Indiana's former top utility regulator.

The attorney general's office filed notice in the Indiana Court of Appeals Friday to appeal the dismissal of charges against former Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission Chairman David Lott Hardy. A Marion County judge ruled last month that a 2012 change to the official misconduct law invalidated the charges against Hardy in connection with an ethics scandal.

Attorney General Greg Zoeller says the 2012 change in the law was not retroactive. Hardy was indicted in 2011.

Hardy says he has no comment on the appeals notice.

He's accused of not disclosing several meetings with Duke Energy executives about cost overruns at a $3.3 billion coal-gasification power plant in southwestern Indiana.

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