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January 9, 2014

Bennett hires top-flight defense in ethics case

INDIANAPOLIS — Former Indiana Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett has tapped two top criminal defense attorneys to defend him from charges he misused state resources in his 2012 re-election bid.

Larry Mackey and Jason Barclay are representing Bennett in his case before the State Ethics Commission. Inspector General David Thomas filed a complaint in November saying Bennett violated ethics laws by using state resources for political purposes.

Mackey built a national profile prosecuting Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. Barclay worked with former Gov. Mitch Daniels in 2005 to rewrite some of the ethics laws Bennett is now accused of breaking. Both work for Indianapolis law firm Barnes and Thornburg.

The Associated Press reported in September that Republican Party fundraising lists maintained by Bennett and his staff were found on state computers.

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