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Indiana attorney general to appeal Charlie White ruling

Statement issued Friday:

INDIANAPOLIS – Concluding that he need not wait for the Indiana Recount Commission to reconvene first, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced today that he will file an appeal on behalf of the Recount Commission. A Marion County court on Thursday reversed the commission's unanimous decision of last June on candidate Charlie White's ballot eligibility and found White ineligible for the 2010 ballot. Zoeller, who represents the Recount Commission and other state administrative boards, will seek appellate review of the Marion County court's ruling in a higher court.

"My office ultimately represents the State and the public interest, and as the State's chief legal officer it is not necessary to wait to appeal until the Recount Commission can meet and vote on seeking an appeal. The Attorney General's Office already has the independent authority to assert the legal interest of the State and bring some clarity and certainty out of the confusion," Zoeller said.

"Although mindful of the strong views this ballot-eligibility dispute has generated during the holiday weekend, we urge everyone to refrain from unnecessarily politicizing or speculating about this complicated legal process which must be worked through step by step in a respectful way," Zoeller added.

The Attorney General's Office represents the Indiana Recount Commission and does not represent Charlie White as a candidate or an individual. The State's motions to trigger the process of an appeal to a higher court will be filed soon.

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