Democrat facing murder charges sworn in behind bars
An Indiana councilman facing murder charges was sworn in from the wrong side of a jail cell.
Robert “Coop” Battle of East Chicago, Indiana, managed to get re-elected in November despite murder and federal drug charges. Paperwork required to take his oath of office was completed Jan. 15, and the ceremony was held afterward at Porter Council Jail. The board of elections received Battle’s paperwork last Friday.
“It’s wrong for the taxpayers, wrong for our party. … I can’t remember a situation like this,” Lake County Sheriff Buncich told the Chicago Tribune on Monday.