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Indiana court denies delay in White election case

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The Indiana Supreme Court said Friday the state recount commission should go ahead and reconsider whether Secretary of State Charlie White was a valid candidate for the office to which he was elected.

Democrats challenged White's candidacy after the November election, saying he wasn't eligible to seek the office. A Hamilton County grand jury indicted White, a Republican, in March on seven counts, including voter fraud and perjury, for using his ex-wife's address on a voter registration form.

White has blamed the error on his busy schedule and new marriage and called it an honest mistake.

The recount panel asked the Indiana Supreme Court to step in after Marion Circuit Judge Louis Rosenberg ordered it to reconsider its December decision dismissing the Democrat challenge. The state Supreme Court said it was accepting jurisdiction in the case because of its public urgency.

But the justices spurned underlying pleas for more time, rejecting White's motion to stay the civil case until after criminal voter fraud charges against him are resolved. If convicted of a felony, he would have to resign.

Democrats who are challenging White's candidacy had argued it was too early for appeals, and the court granted their motion, saying appeals should wait until the civil case is finished.

The commission has scheduled a hearing on the issue for June 21 and said it will reach a decision by June 30.

"I think the message here is the recount commission should proceed toward making a final decision in this matter," said Bill Groth, an attorney representing the Indiana Democratic Party.

White's attorney, James Bopp, said he would ask the high court to reconsider. He said Friday's order reflected a "fundamental misunderstanding of the situation" because the case actually originated with the recount commission, not Marion Circuit Court.

A spokesman for the state attorney general's office, which is representing the recount panel, said he had not yet reviewed the order.

Democrats contend that under state law, Democrat Vop Osili, who lost to White by about 345,000 votes in the Nov. 2 election, should take office if White is declared to have been ineligible when he ran for the office.

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  • RESIGN NOW
    Charlie, you said in that rambling, disjointed press conference at Hamilton County Courthouse that you wanted to present your evidence so your side of the story could be heard? You complained that the grand jury only heard one side . . . the prosecutors . . . and that you didn't get a chance to present your evidence.

    Now that you have that chance at the Marion County Circuit Court. You have a second chance at the Recount Commission. So now you are complaining that you don't want to say anything or present your evidence. This is your big chance to get your evidence out there.

    Which is it Charlie? It looks like you were only flapping you lips just to hear the sound of your own voice or to make yourself sound like you know what you're talking about. Itâ??s painfully obvious you don't have a clue about what you are doing.

    Put up or step down! Present your side of the case or present your evidence like you said you look forward to offering or just resign.
  • Yes
    well said I agree
  • It about time to remove Charlie White
    It about time that the criminal White be put on trial for his fraudulent activities. It is also time that he resign his position. Furthermore, the recount commission should follow State Law and install the second place vote getter instead of trying to do an end around run and have the Governor appoint someone of the Republican's choosing. State Law should not be circumvented in this case, period.

    Already a miscarriage of justice has occurred by the commission, composed of a Republican majority, cailed to decertify White in the first place back in November when the charges arose over his criminal activities. Instead they chose to allow him to run for office because they wanted a Republican in charge of the office so they could continue to deny voters due process in the election cycles of this state.
    White is guilty as charged and should be removed from office if he doesn't resign.
    State Law regarding his successor MUST be followed!
    If the election committee and state attorney general do not follow state law then they too should be removed.
    Finally, if White is allowed to remain in office, then I hope the ACLU files suit to remove him. I hope the legal action being taken to defend White is not coming out of the taxpayers pockets, and if it is, then I want my fair share of tax money refunded to me, because I do NOT want to pay for a criminal's defense.

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