LAFAYETTE — The year began with 21 felony convictions Wabash Township Trustee Jennifer Teising, and it ended with an Indiana Court of Appeals decision erasing those convictions 12 months to the day of her trial ending.

“I am vindicated,” Teising said in a Dec. 15 statement about the Appeals Court ruling.

Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Patrick Harrington plans to ask the Attorney General’s office to pursue a review at the Indiana Supreme Court.

Late in 2022, the 15 months of public turmoil in Fairfield Township, which encompass most of Lafayette, ended.

Trustee Taletha Coles resigned Oct. 19 hours before a judge was scheduled to hear evidence about forcing her from office by using a new law adopted in 2022.

Two weeks after her resignation, a grand jury issued 42 indictments against Taletha Coles. She is awaiting trial in 2023 in Tippecanoe Superior 1 on a variety of charges, including theft, official misconduct, fraud and corrupt business influence.
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