Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Jurors Stunned When Charlie White Did Not Present a Defense; Jury Foreman Says Jury Probably Would Have Acquitted White if He Presented Evidence

Former Secretary of State
Charlie White
WRTV obtained an exclusive interview with the Charlie White jury foreman.  The foreman says the jurors wanted to hear from the defense and likely would have acquitted had White offered the same evidence he had presented to the Election Commission:

Jurors were stunned when the defense didn't call any witnesses in the voter fraud trial of Secretary of State Charlie White, the jury foreman told RTV6.
Speaking for the first time since White was convicted of six felony charges early Saturday, foreman Gregg Weidman said it was a shock when White's attorney, former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, rested his case without calling any witnesses.
"I don't know if you saw the reaction when Mr. Brizzi said he wasn't going to call anybody, but I looked around the jury, and everybody's eyes were about this big, like, you have to be kidding," Weidman told RTV6's Derrik Thomas.
The case centered on White's residency. He said he lived at his ex-wife's house and registered to vote at that address. But prosecutors said he actually lived with his fiancee and now wife at a Fishers condo, which was outside his Fishers town council district.
Prosecutors presented voter registration documents, loan applications, emails and 600 pages of cellphone records and called several witnesses.
In the face of that evidence, Weidman said jurors wanted the defense to show them something to challenge the presentation. 
"Most of us felt that if the ex-wife would have testified, or the new husband had said,  'Yeah, he was living in our basement,' that would have been very telling. It would have been nice to actually hear from the new wife, too," he said.
When asked if he believed the jury would have acquitted White based on such testimony, Weidman said, "I feel we probably would have." 
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1 comment:

Jeff Cox said...

Except the inconsistent statements White made to law enforcement (first he didn't know his district had changed, then he forgot to change his registration, and only at last that his residence was in transtion) would have ended up destroying him on cross. If White did not testify, Brizzi could not call the other witnesses. Brizzi tried a bluff here that failed.