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Former Sec. Of State In Court To Appeal Fraud Conviction

Charlie White's attorney is arguing his previous attorney did not properly defend him because he did not allow White to take the stand.

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Former Secretary of State Charlie White was forced out of office after being convicted on charges of theft and voter fraud.

Former secretary of state Charlie White is in court today to appeal his guilty verdict on voter fraud.

White was sentenced to one year of home detention and blamed his lawyer for a weak defense and is suing him for legal malpractice.

The IndyStar reports, White’s attorney is arguing his former attorney Carl Brizzi provided incompentent counsel, largely based on the fact that he did not let White testify.

Brizzi, a former Marion County prosecutor, today explained why he didn’t want White to testify.

“It was all I could do to just keep him, to just maintain composure,” Brizzi said.

Brizzi described a newspaper interview he let White do as a “disaster.” Brizzi said if White had testified, deliberations would have been 30 minutes.

White was convicted last year on of six felonies — three counts of voter fraud, two counts of perjury and one count of theft.

Network Indiana contributed to this report.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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