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Monday, October 09, 2006

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "IPS Board member says he will resign over felony"

Updating their story from October 4th, (see ILB entry here) about the school board member who plead guilty to a felony during the course of his current term in office, Indianapolis Star reporter Andy Gammill writes today that the "State has no way to ensure officeholders step down after being convicted of crime." Some quotes:

"There is no obligation of any entity to report the felony conviction of an elected official," said David Wyser, chief deputy prosecutor in Marion County. "I would say the elected official has both a moral and an ethical duty to self-report to their board."

For the most part, two informal checks put pressure on elected officials to report convictions, Wyser and other election experts said: the vested interest of political rivals to expose an opponent's wrongdoing, and the watchdog presence of the media.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 9, 2006 12:57 PM
Posted to Indiana Government