More crying from Amendment E Supporters over the AG Explanation
Supporters of Amendment E - a measure that would hold judges accountable by challenging them on procedures and seat a special grand jury of citizens to hear concerns about the judges and their rulings - are threatening a lawsuit against Attorney General Larry Long if he does not change wording they find objectionable on the ballot.Read it all here. In order to clarify Bill Stegmeier's concerns more fully, I think we should hear from some more experts. Here's what one had to say on the matter:
Bill Stegmeier of Tea, state sponsor of the amendment, sent Long an 18-page letter.
"We believe the wording that AG Long chose to use in his Ballot Explanation is biased against Amendment E, and appears to be nothing more than partisan campaigning against the amendment," Stegmeier says.The ballot wording is a violation of SDCL 12-13-9, which states that it is a misdemeanor to knowingly publish false and misleading information concerning a ballot issue, Stegmeier said.
A reference on the ballot indicating that the amendment covers "citizens serving on juries, school boards, city councils, county commissioners, or in similar capacities, and prosecutors," is a matter of concern, Stegmeier said. He says the amendment is directed strictly at judges.
"We fully intend to take this matter to court should AG Long decide not to revise the wording of his explanation in order to fully conform with 12-13-9," Stegmeier said.
"With the passage of SD J.A.I.L., any governmental employee (of any stripe, shape, or flavor) previously accustomed to violating the rights of South Dakota citizens while hiding behind the bogus doctrine of 'judicial immunity', will now have to shape up or ship out.
And then there's that other expert on the goals of the SD Jail effort:
Caller (Charles): One thing about E is that they should expand it to include prosecutors too.
Host: I think it already does, doesn’t it Jake?
Jake Hanes: Anyone who hides behind judicial immunity or quasi-judicial immunity.
Caller (Charles): Oooo. I like this bill more and more.
Host: “So, in other words, it would also include elected officials”
Jake Hanes: “Absolutely.”
Caller (Charles): Did you tell your guest where I’m calling from?
Voice Over: This call is from a federal prison
Caller (Charles): That’s where I’m callin’ from.
*Click here* if you want to listen to the whole thing.- JAIL Campaign Worker Jake Hanes as interviewed on Arizona based Liberty Watch radio show “America – Armed and Free” 4/16/06.
There. Aren't you glad that's all cleared up now that you've heard from these experts on the matter?