Jason Glodt is pushing legislative candidates to endorse his Amendment S, the vanity bill California billionaire Henry T. Nicholas is paying Glodt good money to promote here in South Dakota. Here’s the survey Glodt has sent to legislative candidates, with my responses in green:
I offer the following response, and urge my fellow candidates to respond similarly:
No one has brought to light a pressing need, a glaring gap in the criminal justice system that must be filled by an astroturf constitutional amendment. We thus have time to put this measure on hold and think more about it. Vote No on S in November, then let’s bring this issue to the 2017 Legislature. Let’s work with South Dakota’s victim support organizations, law enforcement, lawyers, and judges to identify problems. Let Henry T. Nicholas pay Jason Glodt to keep campaigning, to come join us at the Capitol to craft legislation to fix the problem he says exists. And if there’s something we need to do to help South Dakota crime victims, I’ll bet we can muster a near-unanimous Legislative vote.
I look forward to Gldot publishing that statement on his website and releasing it to news publications in my district.
Reminder: Our North Dakota neighbors have an identical measure on their November ballot, and their prosecutors, defense attorneys, and other experts have been giving the proposal (branded “Marsy’s Law” by its well-paid promoters) negative reviews, saying it is redundant with existing legal protections, threatens due process, and could impose delays and greater costs on the criminal justice system. (Sounds familiar!). Attorney Mark Friese notes in this podcast interview with Joel Heitkamp that North Dakotans, like South Dakotans, already have victims’ rights legislation. Friese calls those legal protections “the best in the country.” Friese says that every prosecutor, every defense attorney, and every retired judge he has talked to opposes Marsy’s Law, which he says sounds good at first, but could actually delay justice for victims if implemented.