Meanwhile, one Republican is able to oppose a ballot measure on something other than partisan grounds. Sioux Falls attorney and first Janklow-era Attorney General Mark Meierhenry joined his South Dakota bar colleagues at their state convention last month in near unanimous denunciation of Amendment S, the purported crime victims’ bill of rights. California billionaire Henry T. Nicholas has been pushing what he calls “Marsy’s Law” in memory of his sister, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 1983. Now Meierhenry calls Nicholas’s support for this vanity astroturf “delusional”:
“(Nicholas) would consider that appropriate to her memory, but I think he’s delusional because this will hurt South Dakota,” Mark Meierhenry, a former South Dakota attorney general, said. “This is an individual pushing Marsy’s Law as an answer to a 1983 California crime.”
Meierhenry said many of the principles in the amendment are already covered under state law and law enforcement officers work to ensure that victims are respected and afforded the resources they need.
He said voters should oppose the amendment to ensure that victim’s desire to seek vengeance doesn’t temper the judicial process.
“It should be defeated for no other reason than these people are trying to implant their ideas into our constitution,” Meierhenry said [Dana Ferguson, “The California Billionaire Bankrolling Marsy’s Law,” that Sioux Falls paper, 2016.07.06].
I have yet to hear of any grassroots organizations in South Dakota endorsing Amendment S.