INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended the law license of former Secretary of State Charlie White for two years, without automatic reinstatement.
According to court records, the Valparaiso University School of Law graduate admitted to engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation and committing criminal acts that reflected adversely on his honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer.
The high court said the disciplinary penalty for such conduct by a public official usually would be stiffer, but White's law license already has been under interim suspension for four years and he's unlikely to immediately regain the right to practice law in 2018.
"A petition for reinstatement would be granted only if he is able to prove by clear and convincing evidence his fitness to resume the practice of law, a burden that likely will be particularly steep given the seriousness of (White's) misconduct," the justices said.
White, a Republican, was elected Indiana secretary of state in 2010.
He automatically was removed from office Feb. 4, 2012, after a Hamilton County jury found him guilty of six felonies; three of which survived appeals — voter fraud, theft and perjury.
White served one year house arrest for his crimes.