Traitorous Legislators, Threats of Arrest, And a Cease and Desist demand. Just another day in the JAIL debate

Got an interesting report in my e-mail from a reader on J.A.I.L. tonight. And it was good enough to make me break my watching the Academy Awards with the family. Check this out from the Jail4Judges yahoo group at (The Emphasis is mine.)
Ron Branson focused his comments on all one-hundred and five South Dakota State Legislators who were part of the crew. These Legislators, he said, "are traitors to their offices of legislation, and traitors to everyone in South Dakota government, and most importantly, traitors to the public."

Most of you are uninformed that a formal NOTICE has already been sent via U.S. Mail to all one-hundred and five State Legislators throughout South Dakota asking them to cease and desist from their unlawful acts, and to apologize to everyone in South Dakota. We could not send that U.S. Mail via internet to everyone on this list because it is fourteen pages in length, and would require an attachment, which we hesitate to do. Below is a few paragraphs from that formal NOTICE.

"Thus we must hereby inform you and put you on NOTICE that your proposed Resolution, and your subsequent vote on that Resolution, were clearly unlawful acts by taking sides in an election contest in an attempt to control and influence the vote on Amendment "“E", in clear violation of South Dakota Constitution, Article VI, section 19 "– Free and Equal Elections-Right of Suffrage and Article VII, section 1 "– Right to Vote, as well as South Dakota Attorney GeneralÂ’s Official Opinion No. 88-28 - Expenditure of Public funds on Election Issues. Further, that your unlawful acts are also violations of fundamental rights secured by the United States Constitution. ....

Gentlemen, this is exactly what Amendment "“E"” and our actions have done here and continue to do. However, to the contrary, your actions fly in the face of Art. VI, sec. 27, show contempt for the People and Constitution of South Dakota, and make a mockery of justice, moderation, temperance, frugality and virtue. Your actions here have irrefutably proven our motto, "“Reform never comes from government, it must always come from the People."

Fourth, Art. VI, sec. 19 "– Free and equal elections " Right of suffrage "– Soldier voting, in pertinent part states:

"Elections shall be free and equal, and no power, civil or military, shall at any time interfere to prevent the free exercise of the right of suffrage."

Gentlemen, what part of the word "“free"” don'’t you understand? What part of the words "no power"” don'’t you understand? What part of the word "civil"” don'’t you understand? What part of the word "“interfere"” don'’t you understand? Your HCR 1004 blatantly states in its first and last paragraphs:

"“A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION, Urging the voters of South Dakota to reject the Judicial Accountability Initiated Law (J.A.I..L.) which will be submitted to South Dakota voters in November 2006, designated Amendment E.

* * *

"“NOW, THERFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the House of Representatives Eighty-first Legislature of the State of South Dakota, the Senate concurring therein, that the South Dakota Legislature strongly urges all South Dakota voters to protect our citizen boards, to protect our system of justice, to protect economic development, to protect all our citizens from frivolous lawsuits that would be authorized by the Judicial Accountability Initiated Law, and to vote against Amendment E.[1]

Urging the voters of South Dakota to reject? Strongly urges all South Dakota Voters "… to vote against Amendment E? Your actions fly in the face of Art VI, sec, 19, and thus again you show contempt for the People of South Dakota and the South Dakota Constitution. Equally, Art. VII, sec. 1 " Right to vote, in full states the same as Art. VI, sec.19 above. Gentlemen, why do you fail to show respect for and honor to the People of South Dakota and the sacred right of suffrage, the right to vote?

Gentlemen, your actions also fly directly in the face and authority of our own South Dakota Attorney General's Official Opinion No. 88-28 - Expenditure of Public Funds on Election Issues, issued June 29, 1988, ....

As such, we hereby formally request that you promptly, individually, and collectively (the entire House and Senate) reconsider your vote, and formally and publicly withdraw HCR 1004. We further formally request, that you publicly (in newspapers, radio, television and on official websites) apologize to the citizens of the State of South Dakota, for using your offices and public funds to " interfere to prevent the free exercise of the PUBLIC'’s right of suffrage (to vote), either for or against Amendment "“E"”. We request that this action on your part be taken and accomplished promptly, no later than March 10, 2006, so as to quickly stop and mitigate the damage you have wrought to a free and equal election process.

Besides being blatantly in violation of the law and your oaths of office to follow the law, your actions smack of an imperial arrogance, an abuse of your office and power (loaned to you by the People), a fundamental failure to understand that you are servants of the People and of an outright contempt for the People you represent. ....

What's more, these South Dakota Legislators have violated clear statutory South Dakota law, to wit,

"Publication of false or erroneous information on constitutional amendment or submitted question as misdemeanor. Any person knowingly printing, publishing, or delivering to any voter of this state a document containing any purported constitutional amendment, question, law, or measure to be submitted to the voters at any election, in which such constitutional amendment, question, law, or measure is misstated, erroneously printed, or by which false or misleading information is given to the voters, is guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor."

Source: SL 1913, ch 107, § 9; RC 1919, § 7224; SDC 1939, § 16.9923; SL 1982, ch 86, § 83. Said criminal statute is set forth on the official South Dakota website at

Simply put, this statute provides that every South Dakota Legislator in the this instance of Amendment E is subject to arrest, detention for trial before a jury on the evidence, conviction, and sentencing to incarceration.

There exists several options here, which we do not now wish to enumerate. However, should you wish to offer recommendations as to how this statewide conspiracy and criminal scandel should be handled, we will be glad to consider your recomendations. Please know that the potential for conflicts of interest involved here are extremely staggering, and raises the question of who is innocent and who is not conflicted? This is the thing that media frenzies are made up of, and is bound to draw the attention of the entire nation as something heretofore unheard of in the possibilities of an entire state legislature being arrested.
Read it all here. Sorry for the length of this, but the J.A.I.L. supporters demanding legislators cease and desist, and alleging that they could face arrest for their action of passing the resolution is pretty big news.

I'm sure we'll hear more of this on the last legislative day, if not sooner.

Stay tuned.


Anonymous said…
Tom Barnett Jr. Letter Judges break the law all the time. There is no law to allow Judges to shorten probation because the probationer committed a federal crime.
mhs said…
I was a junior banker back in 1985 and we used to get notices like this all the time. Issue then was the US monetary system was illegal and we were breaking the law asking to be repaid. Same tactics, same bunch of B.S from out of state extremists. It was pretty amusing for a typically cynical 25 year old.

It stopped being funny after I watched more than a few decent, hard-working South Dakotans lose their family farms following the "advice" of these charlatans vs. seeking real help. Even a marginally competent lawyer would have have saved their homes and farms easily. The real irony is that it was the bankruptcy judges keeping us banks at bay, the very ones JAIL wants to punish.

Keeping posting this stuff P. The more our voters see the type of stuff the JAILer's are peddling, the better.
Anonymous said…
This is the same Branson and others who have said they plan to come to SD after JAIL passes "just for the privilege of getting a traffic ticket so you can demand a jury trial. I (Branson) anticipate traffic courts to be among the first courts to all but totally close..."

So, what a shock they are now trying to shut down and arrest the Legislature.

This is the same Branson and others who deliberately called and harassed Senator Moore's wife and sent Senator Moore himself dozens of email viruses and worms in an attempt to shut down his email system.

I guess the New World Order conspiracy theories Branson's been selling to the JAIL people now includes the legislature, too.

Oh, what. Rev. Branson and Mr. Stegmeier didn't tell you when they were circulating petitions about how JAIL is trying to stopp the NWO/UN take over of South Dakota?

You can read all about JAIL and the New World Order and other conspiracy theories at that Yahoo group or at Branson's main website

These are the things they didn't mention to anyone when they were circulating the petitions.

Gee, I wonder why?

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