Updated Feb 2, 8:45 a.m.
Originally published Feb. 1, 3:02 p.m.
The fraud trial of Secretary of State Charlie White could wrap up this week. That would be earlier than expected. Earlier, the lawyers said jury instructions and final arguments would be likely to come next week.
Special Prosecutor Dan Sigler says it looks like they could complete the case this week and get it to the jury by Friday.
“We all thought that if we got the evidence in by Friday, then we could do the instructions and final arguments next week,” he says. “Now it‘s looking like there is a possibility that we could complete the case this week and get it to the jury.”
Prosecutors are expected to wrap up their witnesses Thursday. They expect to call a few more witnesses, one of whom will testify about cellphone records in the case. They contend that White‘s cellphone and voter registration documents are enough to show that White is guilty of seven felony charges including voter fraud and perjury. They say White intentionally falsified his voter registration to continue to collect his salary as a Fishers Town councilman.
Defense Attorney Carl Brizzi continues to say the case is politically motivated and says documents should not prove anything. He insists there is no evidence to support charges that he sees as politically motivated.
Brizzi says despite the uphill battle, prosecutors must convince the jurors.
“Remember the state has the burden of proving their case beyond a reasonable doubt,” he says. “Their witnesses have gone pretty quickly, and so the speed I think goes to really an agreement on what the core issues are for the jury to decide.”
Another question that remains is whether or not the embattled secretary of state take the witness stand himself. Brizzi says he is not sure yet, and that is ultimately up to White.