Judge Won't Drop Charges Against Charlie White

Trial Set For Jan. 30

A judge will not dismiss criminal charges against Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White.

Hamilton Superior Court Judge Steven Nation on Monday rejected White's request that charges of theft, voter fraud and perjury be dropped, along with other stipulations.

The decision marks the near end of a long, harrowing road for the Republican, who won the November 2010 election by about 345,000 votes, despite accusations that he lied about where he lived in the 2010 primary so he could continue collecting his pay from the Fishers Town Council.

State Democrats also filed a civil lawsuit seeking to oust him from office, but the Indiana Recount Commission ruled against them in June. Democrats have since appealed that decision to a Marion County judge, who is due to rule this month.

A Hamilton County grand jury indicted White in March on seven felony counts alleging that he used his ex-wife's address on voter registration and other documents while he actually lived at a condo where he intended to live with his new wife, and that he collected his town council salary after moving out of the district he represented.

White has maintained his innocence, saying the allegations are politically motivated and ignore a complicated personal life in which he was trying to raise his 10-year-old son, plan his second marriage and campaign for the state's top elections job.

He has also gone on the attack, calling on prosecutors to file voter fraud charges against one of the two special prosecutors in his case and U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh. Both prosecutors declined.

Nation last month rejected White's argument that special prosecutors John Dowd, a Republican, and Dan Sigler Sr., a Democrat, had been improperly appointed.

If White's convicted on any of the counts during his trial, he will be removed from office. The trial is set for Jan. 30.

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