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Thursday, March 01, 2012

Ind. Courts - More on: Recap of Charlie White oral argument [Updated]

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, Carrie Richie of the Indianapolis Star has a nearly totally updated story in today's paper. Plus, another great photo from Danese Kenon / The Star, this one captioned: "Justice Frank Sullivan Jr. (left) listened as Justice Brent Dickson asked questions during Wednesday’s hearing on the election challenge." The story begins:

The Indiana Supreme Court raised several questions about voter registration laws during a hearing Wednesday to determine if Charlie White was eligible to run for secretary of state in 2010.

But those questions might not be enough for the state's highest court to order White's removal from the office. The Indiana Supreme Court has never ousted an elected official because of an election challenge.

Supreme Court justices typically defer to voters, said Joel Schumm, a professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. It seems likely they will do so in this case, Schumm said, especially since White's voting issues were well-publicized before the election, and he won by a large margin anyway.

[Updated at 1:00 PM] Here is the AP report by Charles Wilson. The interesting conclusion to the story:
There is no timetable for the justices’ ruling, but they likely will rule before Chief Justice Randall Shepard retires in March.

Daniels has named White’s chief deputy, Jerry Bonnet, interim secretary of state, but he isn’t expected to make a permanent appointment until the Supreme Court rules.

White was sentenced Feb. 23 to one year of home detention. He plans to appeal his convictions. If a higher court reverses or vacates his convictions on six felony charges, he could be reinstated as secretary of state.

“He’s out, but not permanently,” said his attorney, David Brooks.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 1, 2012 10:37 AM
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