Appeals court hearing set for ex-Indiana secretary of state fighting voter fraud conviction

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INDIANAPOLIS — The next step in former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White's fight to overturn his voter fraud conviction is set for next month.

The Indiana Court of Appeals announced Monday that a panel of judges will hear oral arguments in White's case on Dec. 9.

The Republican was automatically removed from office in February 2012 after a Hamilton County jury convicted him of six felonies. That included using his ex-wife's home in Fishers as his voting address in 2010 while living elsewhere as he served on the Indianapolis suburb's town council and campaigned for secretary of state.

White maintains his previous defense lawyer provided incompetent counsel and that other politicians such as former Gov. Mitch Daniels and former Sen. Richard Lugar also haven't lived at the addresses from which they were registered to vote.

A Hamilton County judge put on hold White's one-year sentence of home detention while he appeals his conviction.

A reversal of White's conviction could allow him to reclaim the secretary of state's office, but the term to which he was elected ends Dec. 31. Daniels appointed Republican Connie Lawson to replace White, and she won election last week to a four-year term as Indiana's chief elections officer.

Besides appealing his convictions, White also has lawsuits pending against his trial attorney — former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi — and a federal suit that claims his removal was political "payback" for his actions as chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party.

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