Former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White has until March 15 to file court documents explaining why he thinks he should get a new trial on voter fraud and theft charges. During a telephone conference with attorneys on the case Wednesday afternoon, Hamilton Superior Court Judge Steven Nation asked White’s attorney, Andrea Ciobanu, to file White’s post-conviction relief petition by March 15. He also scheduled a June 4 hearing on the petition. However, Nation did not rule on special prosecutors’ motion for White to begin serving his one-year home-detention sentence, special prosecutor Dan Sigler said today.
White was convicted of six counts of felony charges, including theft and voter fraud, last February. He began to appeal last year, then asked the Indiana Court of Appeals to halt its proceedings on his case so that he could return to the trial court to pursue post-conviction relief.
He has said in court documents that his attorney at the time of the trial, former Marion County prosecutor Carl Brizzi, actually helped cause the jury’s guilty verdict, partly because he didn’t present any witnesses or evidence in White’s defense.
The criminal charges against White stemmed from confusion over where he lived when he campaigned for secretary of state in late 2009 and 2010.