Holy cow: did Gordon Howie just break some real news? In his latest blog post, Howie posts images of what appear to be an August 11 indictment of Chad Haber on two felony counts related to his falsification of his circulator’s oath on his wife Annette Bosworth’s U.S. Senate nominating petition in 2014 and an August 13 summons for Haber to appear in Hughes County Court on October 26 at 10 a.m.
Howie, faithful to previous flacking for the felonious fakers, suggests the indictment of Haber, who “ran” as a Libertarian against Attorney General Marty Jackley in 2014, is further evidence of the GOP establishment’s selective enforcement of election law to punish political enemies. Faithful to my own suspicions, investigation, and findings, I will counter that an Attorney General looking to grind the bones of a political enemy wouldn’t have kept silent about the indictment for eight weeks. (The A.G. may simply have been waiting for the defendant to receive notice that he was on the hot seat: notes at the bottom of the summons indicate that it was not served until Saturday, October 3, at 5000 S. Minnesota Avenue in Sioux Falls, the site of Haber’s office for Preventive Health Strategies and his wife’s supposedly shuttered Meaningful Medicine clinic.)
Update 12:01 CDT: An important correction! Gordon Howie says that the Attorney General is targeting Haber with this indictment. Technically, that is incorrect. When I checked the actual and complete indictment on the courthouse database, I found Howie failed to include the second page of the indictment, which shows that the charges were brought by Hughes County State’s Attorney Wendy Kloeppner and Deputy State’s Attorney Graham Oey. The Haber indictment is a Hughes County indictment, not an indictment from the Attorney General. Hughes County is likely the prosecutor in this case thanks to what A.G. Jackley’s assistant Jeromy Pankratz explained here in Aberdeen last May: A.G. Jackley handed off investigation of Haber to deny the Haber-Bosworth hangers-on any chance to allege conflict of interest or political retribution. One can still argue that the Attorney General and state’s attorneys are head and tentacles of the same inky squid, but on paper, this prosecution is Hughes County’s baby. I have amended my text here to reflect that fact.
Haber will be lucky if this petition transgression (which readers of this blog helped discover in March 2014) is the only charge on which the state tries to hang Haber. We have seen evidence that Haber defrauded raffle ticket buyers, ripped off a woman who loaned him $200,000, engaged in unethical behavior that drove staff to quit his wife’s campaign, was delinquent on Utah taxes, falsely accused me of theft, and as of this morning still has not filed the campaign finance report that was due October 24, 2014. If there is any selectivity in enforcement of laws, it’s that the authorities did not take legal action against Haber sooner, on a much broader array of charges.
Howie wonders if A.G. Jackley (whose office, again, is not actually the prosecutor here) views Bosworth and Haber as Bonnie and Clyde. In that wondering, Howie may finally be on the right side. Bonnie and Clyde both committed crimes, and both had justice coming. So does Chad Haber.