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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Ind. Courts - "Charlie White files for post-conviction relief" [Updated]

The headline to the WRTV6 News Alert is "Former Secretary of State Charlie White claims attorney Carl Brizzi didn't provide adequate defense." A quote:

In a request for post-conviction relief filed Thursday, White, who was sentenced to one year on home detention, claims he received ineffective counsel from Brizzi, specifically that "Brizzi failed to present a defense" and that "Brizzi was ignorant of the law."

The former Marion County prosecutor came under fire after he failed to call any defense witnesses in White's case.

[Updated at 4:33PM] Here is a much longer and more complete story by Tim Evans of the IndyStar. A sample:
The 79-page petition filed in Hamilton Superior Court, White asks the court to vacate six felony conviction, including theft and voter fraud.

White’s Indianapolis attorney, Andrea Ciobanu, filed the request Friday — the deadline Hamilton Superior Judge Steven Nation had set after special prosecutor Dan Sigler sought to have White begin serving his one-year, home-detention sentence.

In the motion for post-conviction relief, White cites three general issues:

His convictions violate state and federal law.

He was denied effective counsel by his attorney, former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi.

The criminal charges against White stemmed from his residency while he served on the Fishers Town Council.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 21, 2013 04:13 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts