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Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White Found Guilty

Charlie White

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Governor Mitch Daniels has appointed Jerry Bonnet to replace Charlie White as interim secretary of state.

A Hamilton County jury has found Charlie White guilty on six of the seven felony charges against him. The jury handed up the verdict at 2:20 a.m. Saturday after deliberating for about 10 hours.

Shortly after the verdict, Governor Mitch Daniels named 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 jury convicted White 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.

Judge Nation is expected to set a sentencing date and address the verdict sometime next week.

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