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Monday, September 10, 2012
Ind Courts - Still more on: Brief of Charlie White in appeal of his trial court criminal conviction
Former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White will have a chance to argue that his lawyer’s incompetence led to his conviction on six felony charges.
The Indiana Court of Appeals has allowed White to delay his appeal until he returns to the trial court to try to convince a judge that his attorney, former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, provided such poor service that it hurt White’s case. The main issue, according to court documents, is that Brizzi refused to present a defense on White’s behalf.
If White is successful, the judge could overturn his convictions and order a new trial.
But even if White doesn’t get a new trial, he will be able to take the stand to discuss the case during a post-conviction relief hearing. He also could question Brizzi and witnesses in the case, said Joel Schumm, a law professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 10, 2012 06:37 PM
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