TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Former Vigo County Schools superintendent Danny Tanoos petitioned to have his bribery case moved to the Indiana Supreme Court.
Tanoos was charged with bribery in September of 2018 for allegedly improperly awarding school contracts to ESG, a guaranteed energy savings contractor.
In December, the Appellate Court upheld a lower court’s ruling to deny a motion to dismiss.
Tanoos’ legal team Wednesday filed the petition to transfer, raising the question of whether or not a public official can be prosecuted for the crime of generalized bribery, which they say is not recognized by the State of Indiana.
They argued that the Appellate Court’s decision created a conflict with “how a public official’s act must be interpreted under the United States Constitution,” and that the Court “decided a question of great public importance that has not, but should be, decided by [the Indiana Supreme] Court.”