Indiana’s top elections official committed voter fraud to preserve his political clout and protect his finances, a special prosecutor said Tuesday during opening arguments of a trial that will determine if Secretary of State Charlie White keeps his office — and his freedom. “This case is about deceit and cheating,” special prosecutor Dan Sigler Sr. told jurors at the Hamilton County Courthouse in the Noblesville, about 20 miles north of Indianapolis. “Somebody tried to get away with something … somebody got caught.”… Sigler portrayed White as a man “obsessed with politics, with success in politics.”
White, 42, has said the charges ignore a complicated personal life in which he was trying to raise his 10-year-old son, plan his second marriage and campaign for statewide office. He says he stayed at his ex-wife’s house when he wasn’t on the road campaigning for secretary of state and did not live in the condo he purchased until he and his then-fiancée were married.
White’s attorney, Carl Brizzi, said the evidence did not support the allegations. “Their entire case is based on supposition and innuendo,” he told jurors. “You’re not going to be convinced of anything beyond a reasonable doubt except that they want to get him.”