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The Indiana Supreme Court suspended former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White Wednesday because he was convicted of several felonies following a trial on voter fraud charges.

White was convicted in February in Hamilton County on six of the seven felonies he was charged with, including voter fraud, theft and false registration. He was accused of lying about his address on voter registration forms and not living in the home he listed for voting purposes. He was removed from office because convicted felons are not eligible to hold statewide office in Indiana.

The justices suspended White pendent elite from the practice of law effective 15 days from the date of the order. The interim suspension will continue until further order of the Supreme Court or final resolution in any resulting disciplinary action, as long as there is no other suspension in effect.

White is appealing his convictions. His lawyers attempted to have the convictions reduced to misdemeanors, which would have allowed him to remain in office. Gov. Mitch Daniels appointed state Sen. Connie Lawson to replace White.

 

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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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