The bribery charges against former Vigo County School Superintendent Danny Tanoos stand, at least for now.
Tanoos appeared in Marion County Court Wednesday for a hearing. His attorneys are requesting that the bribery charges be dismissed, arguing a lack of jurisdiction and lack of specificity in the charging information. The defense says it’s unclear where Tanoos crossed the criminal line and that his actions don’t honor the bribe theory.
In the courtroom we heard from Neal Brackett who says that superintendents often engage with potential clients during dinners or other outings.
The prosecution, however, says dropping the charges isn’t the appropriate resolution for the case. And that Tanoos didn’t recommend another company other than ESG to contract work with the school corporation.
The judge did not make a ruling on the matter Wednesday. Instead, she set a January 23 deadline for both sides to submit more findings and facts to the court.
The bribery charges stem from allegations that then-superintendent Tanoos improperly awarded school work contracts to energy saving group ESG in exchange for perks from Doug Tischbein with the group. ESG secured nine contracts with the Vigo County School Corporation from 2000-2016 for more than $42 million.