Secretary of State Charlie White, while facing a third day of grand jury proceedings looking into charges leveled by Hamilton County Democrats that he committed voter fraud, got into a scuffle with a
Hamilton County authorities investigated an altercation involving Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White on Thursday at the courthouse where a grand jury is looking into vote-fraud allegations against him.The special prosecutor heading up the proceedings previously indicated the grand jury proceedings could last up to two weeks in what would seem to be a rather straightforward and simple case. Advance Indiana has learned that a video of the incident exists and will become public eventually. According to a source, Stoelsz was questioned in an ongong investigation of White by Indiana State Police two months ago. The special prosecutor is apparently looking into matters that extend beyond the voter fraud allegations against him, which may help explain the additional time needed to wrap up his work more quickly, as well as the unavailability of some witnesses. A source says Gov. Mitch Daniels has asked White privately to resign the office but he declined. There's sure to be more on this story in the coming days and weeks.
A Sheriff's Department spokeswoman said Thursday that no charges would be filed in connection with the incident, which involved White and Westfield attorney Tim Stoesz. Stoesz has clashed with White, the former Hamilton County Republican chairman, over political matters in the past.
A Sheriff's Department report described the incident as a disturbance on the second floor of the Hamilton County Judicial Center and said it was determined that "no criminal activity took place.'' Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Vicki Dunbar said Thursday that no charges would be filed.
UPDATE: WRTV has obtained the video of the altercation, which you can view here. You will see in the video that White's father was attempting to prevent Stoesz from taking a picture of Charlie, while Charlie appeals to a deputy from the second floor balcony overlooking the security point entrance to the judicial center to force Stoesz to leave. White's father got up in Stoesz' face with his hand before a deputy arrived and escorted Stoesz away without further incident. White's father demanded Stoesz identify himself, and he did.