A judge is setting a deadline to settle whether Secretary of State Charlie White is eligible to hold the office. Marion Circuit judge Louis Rosenberg says Hoosiers need to know once and for all who the Secretary of State is going to be. He‘ll set a deadline by Friday for the Indiana Recount Commission to issue a final ruling. White’s attorney, James Bopp, said he disagrees with the judge‘s conclusion that the public has an interest in resolving the uncertainty surrounding the secretary of state‘s office.
“The public interest here is in the defense of the choice that the voters overwhelmingly made in favor of this Secretary of State, and not to have his defense gut-ripped because he‘s concerned about criminal charges,” Bopp said.
Democratic attorney William Groth said it’s time to get this case resolved.
“If the stay had been granted, this whole issue over Mr. White‘s eligibility would be postponed for many, many months,” Groth said. “I think the public‘s ready to have this matter over.”
Democrats had urged Rosenberg to take control of the case himself, complaining the recount commission hadn‘t acted since Rosenberg sent the case back to the panel three weeks ago. Bopp will ask an appeals court to put the election challenge on hold. He says a quick hearing forces White to either mount an inadequate defense, or give up his Fifth Amendment rights in the criminal case. White is scheduled for trial in August on charges of deliberately using the wrong address on his voter registration.