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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Ind. Decisions - COA will hear oral arguments July 8 in dispute over Terre Haute mayor's office

Arthur Foulkes of the Terre Haute Tribune Star writes today about a "a face-to-face showdown in front of the Indiana Court of Appeals next month." Some brief quotes from a lengthy article:

The appeals court has agreed to hear oral arguments in the case pitting Mayor Duke Bennett against former Mayor Kevin Burke. The arguments are scheduled for July 8 in Indianapolis. * * *

Bennett won the Terre Haute mayor’s race last November by 110 votes out of about 12,000 cast. Burke later challenged Bennett’s eligibility to take office based on the Hatch Act, a law that limits the political activity of federal employees and employees of some not-for-profit organizations that receive federal money.

Vigo County Circuit Court Judge David Bolk ruled against Burke in December, allowing Bennett to take office. However, Bolk also ruled that Bennett had been subject to the Hatch Act when he ran for office.

Burke later appealed Bolk’s decision to allow Bennett to take office. Bennett then appealed Bolk’s ruling that Bennett had been subject to the Hatch Act when he ran for mayor. This means the appeals court is hearing two appeals from one ruling.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 14, 2008 04:33 PM
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