Secretary of State Charlie White has lost another preliminary round ahead of a Tuesday hearing on whether he can stay in office. Marion Circuit Judge Louis Rosenberg has rejected White’s request for immunity for his testimony at a Recount Commission hearing.
White’s facing a criminal trial in August on related charges, accusing him of voting from an address he’d already moved away from. Attorney Jim Bopp says allowing prosecutors to scour his testimony before the commission leaves him with “an unconscionable choice” between mounting his best defense in the criminal case or the election case.
“We’re trying to make every effort to provide a vigorous defense of the choice of the voters,” Bopp says.
The commission had denied White’s immunity request last week. It also refused to grant immunity to his wife Michelle, who has not been indicted but is under investigation. Rosenberg upheld that denial is well.
Democrats argue White’s landslide election last fall is invalid because he was not a legally registered voter. White voted in the 2010 primary, but used an address at which he was no longer living.