Calling the jury verdict, “a travesty,” Indiana’s former top elections official vows to appeal the decision that found him guilty of multiple counts of voter fraud, which has resulted in his temporary removal from office. Republican Secretary of State Charlie White was charged with illegally registering to vote at his ex-wife’s house and was convicted on six of seven felony voter related counts in the early hours Saturday morning by a Hamilton County jury in Noblesville, Ind., just north of Indianapolis. “I found out that Indiana is a land of men and not of law,” White said in an exclusive Fox News interview on Sunday in which he contended that the jury was not given the full instructions on the charges by prosecutors. “What I think happened yesterday was a total miscarriage of justice and a perversion. The law allows me to do everything I did and the jury did not get all the law.”
White had insisted that he spent four nights a week at the home, with his ex-wife’s blessing, because his son lived there and that he and his fiancée did not want to live together before they married. Prosecutors claimed that he actually intended to live at a condo he bought for his fiancée that was out of the local town council district that he represented.
“At the end of the day, here’s what I did,” White said. “I was in love. I wasn’t married yet. All I wanted to do was get my fiancée out of her parents’ home while I was on the campaign trail, wanted her to stay with me and keep the relationship together. I bought a place for her and her kids to live in, but we agreed not to live together until we got married because I was a former family law attorney. I knew how hard it can be when you are blending in three children, from two different marriages, and now I suppose the Indiana election law trumps me being able to raise my children and stepchildren the way that we want to.”
Shortly after the verdict, Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels appointed a White deputy, Jerry Bonnet, as White’s temporary replacement. Convicted felons are not allowed to serve in public office under Indiana law, and White’s legal team will move to try and have the felony convictions reduced to misdemeanors, meaning that White would be able to remain in office. But the Indiana Democratic Party wants Vop Osili, the man White defeated in the general election, to be appointed to the job.