Judge: Ind. gov. need not testify in IBM lawsuit

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Posted: Apr 26, 2011 3:49 PM
Judge: Ind. gov. need not testify in IBM lawsuit

A judge has ruled that Indiana's governor does not currently need to testify in lawsuits in connection with the state's cancellation of a $1.37 billion contract with IBM Corp. to automate welfare intake in Indiana.

Marion County Superior Court Judge David Dreyer issued an order Tuesday saying an order compelling Gov. Mitch Daniels to give a deposition was premature given the evidence thus far presented in the case.

The order notes that Daniels could be required to testify under conditions that haven't yet been met.

Dreyer says the executive privilege exempting the governor does not apply to chief of staff Earl Goode. He denied the state's request for a protective order that would keep Goode from testifying.