Sunday, February 05, 2012
Charlie White: Indiana A State Of Men Not Of Laws
Fox News' Eric Shawn scored the first exclusive interview with Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White following a Hamilton County jury returning guilty verdicts early Saturday morning against him on six vote fraud-related counts a special prosecutor brought against him stemming from his successful 2010 statewide campaign. White came out swinging in the interview, charging that Indiana is a state of men, not of laws. He believes his conviction was a "miscarriage of justice" that happened because the jurors were not properly instructed on the law. White took on Indiana's biggest political figures, who he maintains have broken the law in a manner far worse than he was accused of breaking it. Former Sen. Evan Bayh and his wife, Susan, are illegally claiming a homestead exemption and casting votes from a $56,000 homestead exemption on a condominium on Indianapolis' north side the couple have never resided at White charged. Gov. Mitch Daniels is claiming a homestead exemption on the multi-million dollar mansion he and his wife reside at in Carmel but is casting votes from the governor's residence in Indianapolis where the state's constitution requires him to reside. Sen. Lugar doesn't even own the home he has voted at for more than 35 years. White also lashed out at his Democratic opponent, Vop Osili, as "savage" and "barbaric" for the attacks he made against him and his family after he learned he couldn't be elected fairly by the voters. He took strong exception to Osili's claim that he is entitled to assume the office now that White has been convicted of vote fraud charges rather than a Republican replacement named by Gov. Daniels. I liked the defense White gave explaining the living arrangements for him and his family during the time in question. What I don't understand is why he failed to take the stand in his own defense. I think if the jurors had heard the testimony of him, his wife and ex-wife, the jurors would have had an entirely different perspective of the case. Unfortunately, the only evidence they heard was the evidence put on by the prosecutors because his attorney, Carl Brizzi, chose not to call any witnesses. I think Charlie and Brizzi assumed those jurors knew more than the total lies fed to them by the media and the prosecutors for the past year. Most people only follow the news in cursory fashion. How else do you explain someone as unqualified as Barack Obama getting elected president based on promises of hope and change? People know more about what's happening on reality TV shows like "Survivor" and "American Idol" than current events and political affairs that actually impact their lives.