Secretary of State Charlie White can remain in office while he appeals an order removing him from the statewide post. Marion Circuit Court Judge Louis Rosenberg announced the decision Wednesday morning.
The judge had issued an order December 22 ousting White because he was improperly registered as a candidate when he ran for office in 2010.
In his decision, Rosenberg indicated that if he did not grant the stay and his initial ruling were overturned, it would create “irreparable consequences.” The state Democratic Party had asked that the judge grant the stay on the condition that it would be lifted if White was found guilty in his upcoming criminal trial for voter fraud, pled guilty or resigned. But Rosenberg denied that request.
Democratic Party chair Dan Parker says he was not surprised or disappointed by Rosenberg’s decision not to allow the special condition.
“It was something that we asked kind of knowing that the judge would probably grant the stay,” he says. “But that doesn’t preclude us from going back in front of him if it does…if any of those things do occur.”
White‘s attorney David Brooks argued in court Tuesday that the judge should stay his earlier decision and allow the appeals process to move through a higher court.
Network Indiana contributed to this report. You can also read the background of the Charlie White case in our previous stories.