The most disturbing guilty conviction for White is a conviction for theft. That charge was based on the prosecutor's contention that White had illegally drawn a salary of a town council member in Fishers for a several months period when he actually lived outside his district. In recent years, we've seen countless numbers of public officials who were challenged for moving out of their districts and being forced to give up their offices without being criminally charged for their actions. In White's case, although he was elected from a district, he was elected at-large by all of the voters of Fishers. Because town council members serve at-large in Fishers, there had been other cases where a town council member moved outside his district before the end of his term and was allowed to continue serving until the end of his term. More importantly, nobody contends White had stopped performing the duties of his job during the period in question that prosecutors contended that he had moved outside the district. He attended the meetings and otherwise performed the job. What pray tell me did he steal? It is one of the most preposterous criminal charges that could have been brought against White. Former Indianapolis City-County Councilor Patrice Abduallah claimed a boarded up, abandoned house in a district in which he didn't actually reside for nearly four years so he could illegally serve as a council member. He simply resigned after he was caught and was never asked to repay the $15,000 a year he had drawn in salary or faced criminal charges for his actions.
The vote fraud charges against White, which represented four of the charges upon which he was found guilty, are equally as troubling. Based on the facts of his case, you could charge tens of thousands of Indiana voters with vote fraud in every election. One of Charlie White's biggest critics, Gov. Mitch Daniels, is registered to vote in Indianapolis but actually resides in a home in Carmel. Sen. Richard Lugar has been casting votes from a home at which he hasn't resided in more than 35 years without consequence. I've posted below an absentee ballot application Lugar completed in the very same election at which White supposedly committed vote fraud in which Lugar stated under penalties of perjury that he resided at a home he sold in 1977. A copy of the warranty deed representing the sale of Lugar's home is also shown below. Marion Co. Prosecutor Terry Curry has declined to prosecute Lugar for vote fraud, and the state Election's Division has so far refused to investigate a complaint filed with it by certified fraud examiner Greg Wright.
|Lugar absentee ballot application signed on 9-20-2010 claiming residence at 3200 Highwoods Court|
|Warranty deed executed by the Lugars on 7-6-1977 transferring ownership of the 3200 Highwoods Court home|
The media and the Charlie White haters will jump up and down in celebration of today's verdict. I think it is a very sad day and portends much worse things to come in this country. This case demonstrates how easy it is to make some one's innocent actions appear to be criminal and turn them into a convicted felon. While other elected officials are stripping us of our constitutional rights and plundering the nation with impunity, we're focused on destroying a politician who did nothing worse than committing jay walking. We're all suppose to be entited to equal treatment under the law under our federal and state constitutions. Charlie White, for whatever reason, was never afforded equal treatment under the law. The rule of law in this state took a damaging blow today.