Appeals Court Ruling Aimed At Hammond Board Decision

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June 26, 2014 — The Associated Press —

The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that a Hammond city panel was not impartial, when it ordered the demolition of a house that city officials deemed uninhabitable.

The  2-1 ruling found that the city attorney’s membership on the Hammond Board of Public Works and Safety undermined its impartiality because a city attorney’s office employee presented the case for razing Hugo Torres’ home.  After Torres filed his lawsuit, former Hammond city attorney William O’Connor was replaced on the board by Fire Chief Jeffery Smith.

Torres’ home has remained standing as his case works its way through the courts.

Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. told the “Times” that he hasn’t decided if he’ll ask the Indiana Supreme Court to review the appellate court’s decision.


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