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Governor appoints interim secretary of state

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After Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White was found guilty of six felony charges Feb. 4, Gov. Mitch Daniels appointed Jerry Bonnet as interim secretary of state. A convicted felon cannot hold statewide office in Indiana.

White faced seven charges in Hamilton County including voter fraud. He was accused of lying about his address on voter registration forms and not living in the home he listed for voting purposes. The jury found him guilty of six of the seven charges, including false registration, voting in another precinct, and theft. The jury acquitted him of fraud on a financial institution.

The governor issued a statement early Feb. 4 that he was holding off making a permanent appointment because the trial judge could decide to reduce White’s felonies to misdemeanors, which may allow White to stay in office. Bonnet, a secretary of state employee since 2005, will serve as secretary of state until the governor selects someone else to carry out the remainder of White’s term or until White is reinstated.

In addition to the criminal trial, Democrats called for an investigation into White’s actions before he won the 2010 general election. Last year, the Indiana Recount Commission voted to let White keep his job, but the state Democratic Party appealed and Marion Circuit Judge Lou Rosenberg ruled White, a Republican, ineligible to be a candidate for secretary of state in the November 2010 election. The Indiana attorney general has asked the Supreme Court to rule on the matter.

White, an attorney, practiced family law and served as a judge pro-tem before being elected secretary of state.

 

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  1. Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

  2. I pd for a bankruptcy years ago with Mr Stiles and just this week received a garnishment from my pay! He never filed it even though he told me he would! Don't let this guy practice law ever again!!!

  3. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  4. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  5. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

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