Mary Harper, the judge presiding has decided she won't recuse herself, even though her ex-husband is one of the defendants as County Commissioner. Also County Commissioner Evan's wife works for the hospital. This is a mess ... a perfect example of why it would be nice to have a county administrator (elected). Even if Judge Harper rules, the conflicts may be a set up for appeals and more appeals. Anyone know who's paying all the legal fees for the land owners?
From the Post-Tribune:
The corporation that now owns Porter hospital can legally join a lawsuit brought against Porter County officials by the Liberty Landowners Association.
Judge Mary Harper also will not recuse herself from the case because her ex-husband, County Commissioner Robert Harper, is one of the defendants in the case.
Judge Harper made those determinations Friday morning in the case where the landowners association is suing the county commissioners for rezoning land northwest of the intersection of Indiana 49 and U.S. 6 so that Porter hospital can build a new facility.
However, the legal wrangling before the final hearing still isn't over.