INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Supreme Court on Tuesday decided to take
over the legal battle in which Democrats are trying to have convicted
Republican Secretary of State Charlie White replaced by their 2010
candidate for that office.
The state's highest court set a Feb. 29 hearing for arguments over
whether Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels should be allowed to appoint a
replacement for White or Democratic candidate Vop Osili should take
over the office.
The Supreme Court also denied without comment a request that lawyers
for the state Democratic Party made Monday to the state appeals court
that it enforce a Marion County judge's December decision in a civil
case ordering the state recount commission to declare Osili as the
That action followed a Hamilton County jury's verdict over the weekend
convicting White of six felony criminal charges, including voter fraud
for lying about his residence by using his ex-wife's Fishers address
on voter registration forms. Democrats have maintained in the civil
case that White wasn't an eligible candidate for the 2010 election and
that Osili was the eligible candidate who received the most votes.