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State Supreme Court rules Daniels doesn't have to testify

February 13, 2012

The Indiana Supreme Court says Gov. Mitch Daniels doesn't have to answer questions under oath in a $400 million lawsuit that the state filed against IBM Corp. after he canceled a state contract with the company.

The court issued ruled Monday afternoon, just hours after hearing arguments from lawyers for the state and IBM on whether a state law prohibiting governors from facing a court subpoena applied in the two sides' counter lawsuits over the canceled, nearly $1.4 billion contract to process welfare applications.

The court's 5-0 order reverses a Marion County judge's ruling that the law didn't protect Daniels from being deposed by IBM's lawyers.

The trial in the case is scheduled to start Feb. 27.

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