Thumbs up: Questioning business as usualThe wheels of justice are grinding on David Lott Hardy, the former chairman of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. He faces charges on three Class D felonies regarding his complicity in unethical communications between the IURC and Duke Energy. A Marion County grand jury indicted Hardy on Monday, clearing the way for a criminal trial to explore the charges of "official misconduct." Two of the charges relate to Hardy's failure to report communications he received from Duke regarding cost overruns on the Edwardsport coal gasification plant. The other charge alleges that Hardy allowed IURC employee Scott Storms to oversee Duke projects even though he knew that company was wooing Storms as a prospective employee. Upon announcement of Monday's indictments, watchdogs at Citizens Action Coalition, the first group to decry ethical decay in oversight of the Duke project, declared their "faith in our justice system is renewed."