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Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Dan Terrell's Petition
Updated May 1, 2017 6:58 AM
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(MITCHELL) - The Indiana Supreme Court has rejected to hear Dan Terrell's petition after he lost his bid to be Mitchell's mayor in the 2015 general election.

It has been an 18 month battle for Terrell.

In the 2015 November general election, John "JD" England (I) beat Terrell (R) by four votes.

England took over the position at the beginning of 2016.

However, Terrell filed a complaint saying mistakes were made by the Lawrence County Clerk's Office, making it "impossible to determine a winner" and requested a special election. A trial was held.

On January 29, 2016, Special Judge E. Michael Hoff ruled in favor of John "JD" England in the case and granted England's attorneys Cody Kendall and David Smith's a motion to dismiss the contested election, saying that Dan Terrell's attorney's David Brooks and William Mullis did not meet the good faith basis to file the petition to contest the election in the first place.

Hoff also ruled that there would be no special election. He ruled that mistakes were made, but those mistakes were not a deliberate act.

Terrell then appealed Hoff's decision on February 26, 2016, moving the case to the Indiana Court of Appeals who again ruled no special election was warranted.



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