Jury Set For Charlie White Trial

Secretary Of State Faces 7 Felony Charges

A jury has been set in the criminal trial of Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White in Hamilton County.

White is charged with seven felonies, including voter fraud and perjury, stemming from allegations that he lied about where he lived in 2010 so he could continue collecting his salary as a member of the town council in Fishers, just north of Indianapolis.

Slightly fewer than 50 potential jurors were called for questioning Monday morning, RTV6's Derrik Thomas reported.

Matthew Chodkowski was dismissed from the pool because he had a business conflict.

"Normally, I'm not very interested in these type of things, but I suppose if I had the chance and nothing else was going on, it would have been interesting to have sat on this case," he said.

During the proceedings, White sat alongside his attorney, former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi.

"Charlie, he's in great spirits. Obviously, this has taken a great toll on his family," Brizzi said. "He is a warrior. He's no shrinking violet. He's held up, I think, remarkably well."

White previously sought to have the charges dismissed, arguing that there were problems with the grand jury process that led to his indictment, but the judge denied that motion.

If he is convicted of any of the felonies, White will lose his job. The trial is expected to last two weeks.

"When we actually start evidence in this case, you all and your audience are going to be surprised with what the evidence is and what it isn't," Brizzi told reporters. "I want to make sure we start off on even footing."

Earlier this month, a Marion County judge ruled in a civil case against White that he can remain in office while he appeals an order removing him from the post.

As secretary of state, White is Indiana's top elections official.

Opening arguments in the trial are expected to start at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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