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Former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White said in court documents Thursday that his attorney didn't mount any defense to protect him from the conviction that forced him from office.

The assertion is among several in a petition filed in Hamilton County asking a judge to toss out White's convictions on voter fraud and other counts.

White said the defense strategy used by his attorney — former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi — was "deficient and unreasonable." Brizzi did not call any witnesses at White's February 2012 trial and immediately rested the defense after the prosecution wrapped up its case. White was sentenced last year to one year of home detention and remains free on bail.

The document says Brizzi's defense was riddled with errors and that the former prosecutor was "ignorant of the law."

"Brizzi's performance fell below any standard of reasonableness and but for that performance, the result of the proceeding would have been different," it says.

In an email to The Associated Press, Brizzi said he was traveling out of state on business and had not seen White's petition.

"Without reading this, the only comment would be that his view is apparently different from mine, but in the end the only opinion that matters is the judge's," he said.

White also said he was unfairly prosecuted for voting outside the district where he lived even though numerous other elected officials, including two senators and two former governors, have done the same thing without being charged.

The document also says jurors were under duress when they arrived at their verdict because they were forced to deliberate for more than 12 hours. The jury began deliberations about 2 p.m. and announced a verdict shortly after 2:30 a.m. the following day. Both sides asked for the jury to be sequestered overnight, but there were no hotel rooms available because the Super Bowl was being played in nearby Indianapolis.

Special prosecutor Dan Sigler said Thursday that he had reviewed White's petition and didn't think it had any merit. Such petitions are routine, he said.

"For us in the prosecution, it's just another step in the process, and we'll see what happens," Sigler said during a phone interview from his office in Fort Wayne.

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  • re
    I know Charlie White personally--do you? Name one guy over the age of 18 who is not having sex with and spending the night at his fiances house unless he's either frigid or a eunich. Charlie White did commit a crime--his crime is one of trust and believing 1) Mitch was not going to throw him under the bus and 2) Brizzi had no other agenda when both Charlie and his father were screaming at Carl to put Charlie on the stand and Carl went back into court and did nothing of the sort. YOU do NOT have the facts. The fact that Carl Brizzi has a law license, in my opinion, is the real crime you should be concerned with.
  • Infatuation
    @MitchItch I do not know Mr. White, and it believe I am better for it. You talk about his family who loves and adores him, but yet you say nothing of the jury that convicted him. And while you go one to rant about Mitch, you forget that Mr. White has defrauded the citizens of the State of Indiana. Maybe they deserve the kick in the bum. After all they voted this "crook" into an office in the State and he has shown his true "Hoosier values". Who cares about other ignorant people like Carl and Tim. No, at the end of the day, Mr. White does not "deserves to have this ridiculousness setaside...". Mr. White deserves to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. He deserves to be noted in the annals of history regarding his behavior and crimes and remembered as someone not to emulate. Go and be a friend to Mr. White, but when you defend his criminal activities, you lessen your own credibility. Don't pass along Mr. White as someone for your children to emulate.
    • HA!
      Sounds like somebody forgot The Gentleman's Rule.
    • Snakes
      Snakes attract snakes...and eat each other too.
    • Please go away
      this guy is a mess - please go away Charlie - u r an embarrassment
    • Libel
      Seems to me you are opening yourself up to libel. You make several assertions slandering the names of others with no evidence. You do know that IBJ can be made to reveal your true identity...right?
    • Hmm...
      I know Charlie White and I believe he was screaming at Carl to put him on the stand as was Charlie's Dad. I believe Carl simply ignored them. And, that begs the obvious question, "why." It's easy to second guess that Charlie should have screamed out in the court room, "put me on the stand," but in situations like this you are in such shock over the surrealness that you cannot even process what just happened. Carl Brizzi appears to believe he has complete impunity, as evidenced by the behavior all of us have seen--partying with Tim Durham, getting involved with hurting the parties trying to get Durham prosecuted, bizarre financial gains such as Elkhart that have no reasonable basis to believe they are gifts, but nothing happens to Carl because of a very good reason and we all know what is is, don't we? As for Charlie White, at the end of the day he has a family who loves him, a son who adores him and a pretty super wife who has stood by him during this complete and total travesty of justice. He deserves to have this ridiculousness setaside and the real criminals in Indiana should be what prosecutors should be spending their time on. As for Mitch what a superb start over at Purdue. Let's make sure the professors there don't get any incentive pay while as a public servant Mitch accumulated a massive fortune, not to mention those nice dollars from his convicted felon buddy Tim that he allegedly had some very interesting behind closed doors meetings with. All of this makes you sick. Glad Greg and Cory can at least keep these creeps looking over their shoulders.

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