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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  1. Just an aside, but regardless of the outcome, I 'm proud of Judge William Hughes. He was the original magistrate on the Home place issue. He ruled for Home Place, and was primaried by Brainard for it. Their tool Poindexter failed to unseat Hughes, who won support for his honesty and courage throughout the county, and he was reelected Judge of Hamilton County's Superior Court. You can still stand for something and survive. Thanks, Judge Hughes!

  2. CCHP's real accomplishment is the 2015 law signed by Gov Pence that basically outlaws any annexation that is forced where a 65% majority of landowners in the affected area disagree. Regardless of whether HP wins or loses, the citizens of Indiana will not have another fiasco like this. The law Gov Pence signed is a direct result of this malgovernance.

  3. I gave tempparry guardship to a friend of my granddaughter in 2012. I went to prison. I had custody. My daughter went to prison to. We are out. My daughter gave me custody but can get her back. She was not order to give me custody . but now we want granddaughter back from friend. She's 14 now. What rights do we have

  4. This sure is not what most who value good governance consider the Rule of Law to entail: "In a letter dated March 2, which Brizzi forwarded to IBJ, the commission dismissed the grievance “on grounds that there is not reasonable cause to believe that you are guilty of misconduct.”" Yet two month later reasonable cause does exist? (Or is the commission forging ahead, the need for reasonable belief be damned? -- A seeming violation of the Rules of Profession Ethics on the part of the commission) Could the rule of law theory cause one to believe that an explanation is in order? Could it be that Hoosier attorneys live under Imperial Law (which is also a t-word that rhymes with infamy) in which the Platonic guardians can do no wrong and never owe the plebeian class any explanation for their powerful actions. (Might makes it right?) Could this be a case of politics directing the commission, as celebrated IU Mauer Professor (the late) Patrick Baude warned was happening 20 years ago in his controversial (whisteblowing) ethics lecture on a quite similar topic: http://www.repository.law.indiana.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1498&context=ilj

  5. I have a case presently pending cert review before the SCOTUS that reveals just how Indiana regulates the bar. I have been denied licensure for life for holding the wrong views and questioning the grand inquisitors as to their duties as to state and federal constitutional due process. True story: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS Shorter, Amici brief serving to frame issue as misuse of govt licensure: https://www.scribd.com/doc/312841269/Thomas-More-Society-Amicus-Brown-v-Ind-Bd-of-Law-Examiners

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