East Chicago councilman charged with murder takes oath of office while behind bars
And why does this happen?
Congressman all under criminal investigation before they were elected and yet they still won. In their districts, a white man can't win; even if that white man was Jesus Christ.
Was in jail Should be in jail
Chaka Fattah's William Jefferson's
Going to jail Still in jail
(Thought Chaka Fattah was an act in Vegas)
East Chicago City Councilman Robert Battle took the oath of office from behind bars at the Porter County Jail last week.
Battle was re-elected to his council seat in November, one month after murder and drug charges were filed by the federal government.
An unnamed official was brought in to do the swearing-in on Friday for Battle, who is being held in federal custody at the Porter County facility, according to Sheriff David Reynolds.
"There is no reason for me to deny it legally," Reynolds said, adding he spoke to the U.S. marshal, who agreed. Battle could have chosen to be sworn in via video conferencing but opted for an in-person oath, Reynolds said.
Indiana law permits Battle to hold his seat – and collect the $42,365 salary that it pays – until he resigns, admits his guilt on any of the charges or is found guilty in court. Battle, a Democrat, ran unopposed in November and received 308 votes.
Michelle Fajman, director of Lake County's election board, confirmed Saturday that her office received Battle's paperwork Friday. Newly elected officials whose terms start Jan. 1 have until Jan. 30 to be sworn into office.
Battle has pleaded not guilty. His trial is scheduled for August.