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Charlie White Faces Sentencing Today

Secretary of State Charlie White could be forced out of office if convicted on charges of theft and voter fraud.

Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White will go before a judge today for sentencing on six felony charges.  A jury convicted White earlier this month for submitting a false voter registration application, two perjury counts, voting in another precinct, casting a false ballot and theft. The jury found White not guilty of the most serious felony charge, fraud on a financial institution.

Governor Mitch Daniels has appointed Jerry Bonnet interim secretary of state.  Bonnet had been serving as chief deputy. The governor says a permanent appointment depends on whether Judge Steve Nation will lessen White’s verdict on some of the counts to misdemeanors. Such a move may allow White to be reinstated to office.

The sentencing is today at 3 o’clock in the Hamilton Superior Court.

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