The Hughes County jury empaneled to hear the perjury trial of Annette Bosworth will begin hearing the case today. They will hear Deputy Attorney General Robert Mayer lay out a case that can be summarized in under 300 words. They will hear Mayer say “Objection: irrelevant, immaterial” and Judge John Brown say “Sustained” at least 100 times as Bosworth attorney Robert Van Norman tries to introduce character witnesses and other smokescreens to cover the basic facts and law of the case. With brief deliberation, that jury will deliver a “Guilty” verdict by noon Friday.
In anticipation of that legal doom, Bosworth’s hangers-on throw one more gutbucket to distract us from the sinking Bosworth-Haber scamship. Gordon Howie posts complaints filed by out-state interloper Peter Waldron against Senator Mike Rounds and Attorney General Marty Jackley. The complaints, like anything purporting to defend Annette Bosworth, are absurd political theater, not reliable documents of fact and law.
As discussed earlier this week, Waldron is only working to hype Annette Bosworth and somehow divert public outrage from the lies she told and instead slime the law enforcement officials who are properly prosecuting her crimes. Waldron’s Federal Election Commission complaint was dated April 23; his Department of Justice complaint was dated April 20. They refer to actions that were known to have taken place ten to twelve months ago. If these complaints were really news, if South Dakotans were being subjected to voter suppression and intimidation, the individuals claiming to have suffered so would have and should have publicized that information much sooner. Even Waldron, evidently desperate for a chance to build his own name on the quicksand of Bosworth’s narcissism, would not have waited a month to make public these documents if his true interest were to protect the people of South Dakota from government abuse. Instead, Waldron waits until 24 hours before the Bosworth trial begins, attempting to serve Bosworth’s PR interests rather than the public’s.
The complaints themselves contain no new information and no documentation from any party independent of Bosworth’s influence. The three named parties alleging voter intimidation in Waldron’s FEC complaint all have a financial interest in Bosworth’s medical practice:
- Peggy Craig, Bosworth’s sister, works at Bosworth’s Meaningful Medicine Clinic and has handled the money for Bosworth and husband Chad Haber’s non-profit Preventive Health Strategies.
- Angela Callahan has also been on Bosworth’s payroll.
- Rodney Fitts has been Bosworth’s business and residential landlord.
Fitting a long-standing pattern, the only people willing to stand up for Bosworth are people who have gotten money from Bosworth. (Don’t forget: Howie received money from the Haber Attorney General campaign in 2014.)
Waldron’s voting rights complaint to the Department of Justice incurs the same skepticism. Waldron points out that Bosworth “is a primary health care provider for many families and individuals within the Hutterite Colonies of South Dakota.” That statement raises the possibility that if any Hutterites speak up in Bosworth’s defense, they are doing so from the same sense of owing Bosworth for her services. Like the FEC complaint, the DOJ complaint could easily be rooted in self-interest and back-scratching rather than fact.
Beyond that, Waldron’s complaints deserve no attention. Both complaints are hearsay. Waldron witnessed none of the alleged violations of voter rights. His DOJ complaint can’t even name specific victims. And, as former Bosworth booster turned basher Pat Powers points out, they are mostly false. No one, Hutterite or English, is shown not to have voted because of the investigation of Annette Bosworth.
And no one online has presented any evidence or rational argument that would prevent a jury rather quickly that Annette Bosworth committed perjury while circulating petitions for her 2014 Senate campaign.
The FEC and DOJ will dismiss these bogus complaints. The jury will rule Bosworth guilty by noon Friday.
Update 10:07 CDT: I checked with the FEC on the status of the Waldron complaint. The FEC replied that it cannot even confirm receipt of a complaint until it has been properly processed. Even if the Waldron complaint is real, the FEC cannot comment on complaints or publish related documents until they have been fully investigated and adjudicated.