A Hamilton County jury has found Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White guilty of voter fraud. Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has appointed long time Secretary of State employee Jerry Bonnet to the position temporarily, he has currently been acting as Chief Deputy.
According to the Indianapolis Star, White was found guilty on six of the 7 felonies he was charged with. However, since the charges can be reduced to misdemeanors, White could still keep his job.
The decision came at 2 a.m. after 12 hours of deliberations. White’s attorney, Carl Brizzi, did not present a defense. Special prosecutor DJ Sigler laid out a very detailed in closing arguments, including using White’s own cell phone records against him. The Attorney General’s Office did not represent White in the matter, but says it may assist in an appeal as provided by statute.
White was accused of voting from his ex-wife’s address in the May 2010 primary. He was acquitted on the more serious charge of fraud on on financial institution. White was not taken into custody and is appealing.