Massa won't withdraw from power plant case
Says friendship not enough to disqualify
Last Updated: 113 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana Supreme Court Justice Mark Massa says he won't withdraw from a case involving a proposed $2.8 billion coal-gasification plant.
The Sierra Club and three other groups fighting the project had asked Massa in a motion filed Tuesday to either recuse himself or be disqualified from the case involving a state contract for the synthetic gas the Indiana Gasification plant would produce.
They argued that Massa's nearly three-decade friendship with Indiana Gasification's project manager, Mark Lubbers, leaves him unable to be impartial in the case pending before the court.
But Massa wrote in Wednesday's order denying their request that while he's a longtime friend of Lubbers, "if mere friendship with these lawyers were enough to trigger disqualification, my colleagues and I would rarely sit as an intact court of five."
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