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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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