Judge: No new trial for former secretary of state Charlie White

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. - Former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White's legal woes continued Thursday after a Hamilton Superior Court judge denied his request for a new trial.

White was convicted in February 2012 of six felony counts, including false registration, submitting a false ballot, theft and two counts of perjury. Prosecutors accused White of using his ex-wife's address instead of the address of a condo he had with his fiancée when he registered to vote in the May 2010 Republican primary. They argued that White didn't want to give up his $1,000-per-month Fishers Town Council salary after moving from that district.

White was sentenced in late February 2012 to a year of home detention, as well as 30 hours of community service and a $1,000 fine.

White appealed the verdict almost immediately. He also filed a malpractice suit against his defense attorney, former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, after Brizzi decided not to bring a single witness to testify at White's trial.

Brizzi responded to the suit by saying it "would have been a disaster" to allow White to testify.

White's attorney said they now plan to file an appeal with the Indiana State Court of Appeals asking for the conviction to be overturned. That motion was expected to be filed by Friday.

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