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June 20, 2013

Prosecutor in Tipton case steps down

Local resident complains of conflict of interest in wind farm vote.

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Included in Schuck’s will is a copy of the Trust Agreement, which was not provided to the ISP detective investigating the allegations.

McCann has also requested lease agreements for potential wind farm developments signed by other county officials.

McCann said he submitted the request for documents so the investigation will not be slowed.

“In addition to the will, there are several other requests for documents,” McCann said. He declined to indicate what other records were sought. “It is important for someone involved in the investigation to look at other documents.

“The request for documents was extensive,” he said. “The documents are relevant to the investigation. There was a broad request made.”

McCann said although requests for documents involving other Tipton County officials were made, Cline remains the focus of the investigation.

When asked about Cline’s voting on Prairie Breeze matters, Jeff Stake, professor of law at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, said that in his opinion, if the commissioner gets a direct financial gain from his vote (which appears to be the case) it would be a conflict of interest and hence unethical for him to vote on it.

Cline previously has voted on the road use and decommissioning agreements between juwi Wind and Tipton County and served on the review committee on the company’s application for a 10-year tax abatement. The tax abatement was approved by the Tipton County Council.

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