Judge: IN Secretary of State White can stay

Jan 4, 2012

A Marion county judge says Indiana’s secretary of state can remain in office for the time being.

Judge Louis Rosenberg ruled Republican Charlie White was not an eligible candidate when he ran for office in 2010. However, Rosenberg ruled Wednesday morning White can keep his office until all appeals are exhausted.

Democrats argued he should be removed immediately before he can resign or is found guilty in a criminal case related to voter fraud. In either situation, Governor Mitch Daniels would be able to appoint a successor.

According to Rosenberg’s earlier ruling, Democrat Vop Osili, who finished second in the race, should be secretary of state.