NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) -- A central Indiana judge has denied former Secretary of State Charlie White's request for a new voter fraud trial.
Hamilton County Superior Judge Daniel Pfleging (FLAYG-ing), in a ruling dated Monday, rejected White's argument that his trial attorney, Carl Brizzi, had provided ineffective counsel. Pfleging wrote there was no evidence to show Brizzi should not enjoy a "strong presumption of competence" and that his trial strategy was "objectively reasonable."
A message seeking comment was left Thursday at the office of White's appeal attorney Bryan Ciyou (KEYE-yew).
White was removed from office in February 2012. The charges stemmed from his use of his ex-wife's home in Fishers as his voting address.
Pfleging ordered White to begin serving his one-year home detention by Jan. 10.