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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Ind. Courts - "Police union acknowledges paying $250,000 to defend David Bisard"

Reporting on yesterday's David Bisard hearing in Fort Wayne, John Tuohy writes for the Indianapolis Star:

The hearing was mostly about what evidence will be admitted at trial, and almost all of it has been entered in written form.

It did produce a bit of unexpected news, however, when Owensby testified that the FOP had paid $250,000 in legal bills to defend Bisard.

The FOP was paying Bisard’s bill until his arrest on drunken-driving charges in Lawrence in April. The rank-and-file voted afterward to end its support.

The cost of Bisard’s defense had not been previously disclosed.

Bisard retains the same lawyer, Kautzman, but it is unclear who is paying him.

Kautzman said the fees were paid over three years, and he stressed the importance of the case.

“In your 32 years with the FOP, have you ever been involved in a case of this magnitude?” Kautzman asked.

“No,” Owensby replied.

The hearing was scheduled to last two days but was cut short when Surbeck delayed arguments about blood evidence to another date, at Kautzman’s request.

Rebecca S. Green of the FWJG has this story on yesterday's hearing.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 30, 2013 12:43 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts