When Attorney General Marty Jackley puts scum in the slammer, he shoots out a press release right away. When A.G. Jackley costs the taxpayers $242,000 through discrimination and stubbornness, well, we have to wait for the AP and court documents.
The state agreed today to pay $242,000 to the lawyers for the same-sex plaintiff couples in Rosenbrahn v. Daugaard who had to sue the state for the simple right to be married like everyone else. The details:
Governor Dennis Daugaard sends chief of staff Tony Venhuizen to tell the press that $242,000 is just the price of Jackley’s doing his job defending the constitutionality of South Dakota’s laws. But notice we’ve got two bills here. The District Court proceedings (and Jackley’s failure to make the case for the constitutionality of rank discrimination) cost us $144,595. On January 12, the state could have said, “Judge Schreier is right, we’re done fighting, let’s focus on rooting out corruption in the Department of Education.” But no: A.G. Jackley decided we’d be snarky and keep appealing, even though we knew darn well that the U.S. Supreme Court would settle this matter for us in Obergefell v. Hodges before the normal appeals court process could affirm or reject Judge Schreier’s decision. Heck, A.G. Jackley kept trying to jerk the plaintiffs around even after Obergefell. That jerkiness, that sheer spite, cost South Dakota another $97,405.
But hey, when you can spend other people’s money, it’s fun to go to court!