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Judge Awards Second Delay In Secretary of State’s Trial

A Hamilton County judge has granted a second delay in the criminal trial of Secretary of State Charlie White.

The trial is now scheduled to begin Jan. 30, 2012. White is accused of voter fraud and theft. White’s attorney, former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, confirmed the new date yesterday morning after a telephone conference with the judge and prosecutors.

“I think the judge wanted to make sure that Secretary of State and his counsel had adaquate time to to get up to speed on the facts and prepare whatever pretrial motions and conduct the necessary discovery in order to defend himself,” Brizzi said.

Brizzi said he is confident that White will be exonerated because the charges are politically motivated.

Brizzi’s co-counsel, Dennis Zahn, withdrew from the cast last week.  White could be forced out of office if convicted on any of the seven felony charges.

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