Petition fraudster Clayton Walker surrendered yesterday, pleading guilty to two of the twelve felony counts filed against him for faking signatures on his failed U.S. Senate nominating petition in 2014. His surprise plea deal got him out of the additional charges he incurred for skipping court a few weeks ago.
Some defenders of Walker’s fellow petition fraudster Annette Bosworth will squawk that the state is giving Walker preferential treatment by giving him a plea deal but refusing to offer Bosworth the same break. The state offered no such preference to Walker. Yesterday, Walker plead guilty to two felony charges. Prior to her trial, Bosworth refused to settle for anything less than the opportunity to plea to misdemeanor charges that do not exist in state law.
In other words, Walker admitted he broke the law. Bosworth refused (and continues to refuse) to make such an admission.
Thanks to Walker’s sudden bout of sensibility, we can now file away two cases that establish that yes, oaths matter, and that the citizen watchdogs who investigated the Walker and Bosworth petitions in 2014 did South Dakota a service in defending the integrity of the electoral process.