SOS's mom to sue for emotional distress

June 17, 2011
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Who knew there could be so much drama surrounding the Indiana secretary of state? Secretary Charlie White is fighting charges of voter fraud, both before the Indiana Recount Commission and in criminal court in Hamilton County. That there were possible issues with his voter registration before he was elected brought more attention that usual to the secretary of state election.

But now, things are just getting strange.

First, White accuses one of special prosecutor in his case of voting in the wrong place – the same thing White is accused of doing. He filed a complaint against that prosecutor last week. Now, White’s mom wants to sue Hamilton County because she suffered emotional distress during her son’s grand jury proceedings this year.

Excuse me, what? I’m not an attorney, which I’m sure is abundantly clear, but does she even have a leg to stand on? White’s mother’s suit claims one of the special prosecutors conduct was so outrageous and disturbing during the questioning of the mother that she has had nightmares and panic attacks that she now has to take medication for.

This voter fraud case is turning into a circus. What else can the White family accuse someone else of or who else is going to file a lawsuit?

All this hooplah, for lack of a better word, cannot be helping the credibility of that office. How is White able to perform as secretary of state when he’s got to balance lawsuits against him and those he’s filed? This is the man who is supposed to oversee state elections yet he’s got voter fraud charges hanging over him. I guess we’ll find out at the end of the month whether he did anything wrong and if he will be able to remain in office after the recount commission makes its decision. Then there’s the trial scheduled for August on the criminal charges he faces, including voter fraud.

What a strange year it’s been for Indiana’s secretary of state office.

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  • 5th amendment
    did not know right to take 5th amendment had been taken from White - everyone else has it and can use it repeatedly
    wonder if he knows it

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