INDIANAPOLIS | Former Secretary of State Charlie White is planning to appeal his felony convictions for vote fraud, theft and perjury to the highest court in the country after the Indiana Supreme Court refused to hear his case.
In a one-page order issued late Thursday, Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush denied White's request to review a Dec. 29 Court of Appeals ruling that affirmed three of the six guilty verdicts against him.
The decision to deny transfer was 4-0 with Justice Mark Massa not participating, likely due to his role as attorney to Republican former Gov. Mitch Daniels prior to the 2010 elections where Hoosiers overwhelmingly picked White to serve as Indiana's chief elections officer.
Daniels reportedly asked White, a Republican, not to take office due to controversy surrounding White's legal residence. White was sworn-in as secretary of state Jan. 6, 2011.
A Hamilton County jury found White guilty Feb. 4, 2012, of deliberately registering and voting in the May 2010 primary election in a precinct where he didn't live to maintain his seat on the Fishers Town Council after moving to a home outside his council district.
The Valparaiso University law school graduate automatically was removed as secretary of state following the verdict.
In its 3-0 ruling, the Court of Appeals threw out one of White's perjury convictions and concluded two of his voter fraud convictions violated double jeopardy rules.
But the appeals court left intact the three remaining felony convictions and affirmed White's one-year home detention sentence, which he has yet to serve.
White said Friday he will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review his case.
He claimed to be unfairly singled out for punishment since plenty of other politicians, including Daniels, have had similar residency issues and never were subject to criminal trials or removal from office.