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Clyde Follows Bonnie: Chad Haber Indicted on Petition Perjury

Chad Haber
Indictment? Ha! I will make it go away with my amazing brain powers!

Holy cow: did Gordon Howie just break some real news? In his latest blog post, Howie posts images of what appear to be an August 11 indictment of Chad Haber on two felony counts related to his falsification of his circulator’s oath on his wife Annette Bosworth’s U.S. Senate nominating petition in 2014 and an August 13 summons for Haber to appear in Hughes County Court on October 26 at 10 a.m.

The summons is signed by Judge John L. Brown, the same judge who sentenced Bosworth in July after a jury convicted her of twelve counts of perjury and filing a false instrument.

Howie, faithful to previous flacking for the felonious fakers, suggests the indictment of Haber, who “ran” as a Libertarian against Attorney General Marty Jackley in 2014, is further evidence of the GOP establishment’s selective enforcement of election law to punish political enemies. Faithful to my own suspicions, investigation, and findings, I will counter that an Attorney General looking to grind the bones of a political enemy wouldn’t have kept silent about the indictment for eight weeks. (The A.G. may simply have been waiting for the defendant to receive notice that he was on the hot seat: notes at the bottom of the summons indicate that it was not served until Saturday, October 3, at 5000 S. Minnesota Avenue in Sioux Falls, the site of Haber’s office for Preventive Health Strategies and his wife’s supposedly shuttered Meaningful Medicine clinic.)


Update 12:01 CDT: An important correction! Gordon Howie says that the Attorney General is targeting Haber with this indictment. Technically, that is incorrect. When I checked the actual and complete indictment on the courthouse database, I found Howie failed to include the second page of the indictment, which shows that the charges were brought by Hughes County State’s Attorney Wendy Kloeppner and Deputy State’s Attorney Graham Oey. The Haber indictment is a Hughes County indictment, not an indictment from the Attorney General. Hughes County is likely the prosecutor in this case thanks to what A.G. Jackley’s assistant Jeromy Pankratz explained here in Aberdeen last May: A.G. Jackley handed off investigation of Haber to deny the Haber-Bosworth hangers-on any chance to allege conflict of interest or political retribution. One can still argue that the Attorney General and state’s attorneys are head and tentacles of the same inky squid, but on paper, this prosecution is Hughes County’s baby. I have amended my text here to reflect that fact.


Haber will be lucky if this petition transgression (which readers of this blog helped discover in March 2014) is the only charge on which the state tries to hang Haber. We have seen evidence that Haber defrauded raffle ticket buyersripped off a woman who loaned him $200,000, engaged in unethical behavior that drove staff to quit his wife’s campaign, was delinquent on Utah taxesfalsely accused me of theft, and as of this morning still has not filed the campaign finance report that was due October 24, 2014. If there is any selectivity in enforcement of laws, it’s that the authorities did not take legal action against Haber sooner, on a much broader array of charges.

Howie wonders if A.G. Jackley (whose office, again, is not actually the prosecutor here) views Bosworth and Haber as Bonnie and Clyde. In that wondering, Howie may finally be on the right side. Bonnie and Clyde both committed crimes, and both had justice coming. So does Chad Haber.


  1. pat Moe 2015-10-05 10:06

    My cup runneth over……

  2. Rorschach 2015-10-05 10:54

    So he will likely end up with felonies on his record and probation. But who will finance his dog and pony show defense?

  3. mike from iowa 2015-10-05 15:29

    Balmy and Clod
    They lived alot together
    And finally together
    They got indicted.

    Kudos to Georgy Fame.Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde

  4. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-10-05 17:48

    DD, the list is so long.

    Rohr, surely the South Dakota Libertarian Party will rally behind its AG nominee, the man who brought excitement and media to their 2014 convention, and who led the party to… wait, what, again? I can’t wait to see the legal defense fund letters.

  5. owen reitzel 2015-10-05 18:33

    There are a lot of suckers out there Rorschach.I’d guess some of the colonies. Nothing to back that up though. Just an opinion

  6. scott 2015-10-05 20:00

    Chad and Annette looked kind of depressed on kelo tonight. Maybe they need to start giving each other magnet treatments again.

  7. Deb Geelsdottir 2015-10-05 20:44

    Justice is indeed slow.

    Thanks for the poetry Mike.

  8. Ronette Guymon 2015-10-05 21:20

    CAH: You stated, “… Jackley handed off investigation of Haber to deny the Haber-Bosworth hangers-on any chance to allege conflict of interest or political retribution.”

    After pondering your above sentence for quite some time, I have questions concerning the context of your sentence with regards to cover and concealment.

    Were you referring to “Jackley Jurisprudence” where a jack, as defined by Wiktionary – a male animal – a male ass – a jackass – a knave – a deceitful man, covers his own backside in preparation for seeking the SD GOP nomination for governor by cowardly concealing his ugly prejudice and spiteful vengeance by hiding behind his stack of law books and the skirt of a female prosecutor?

    The Irish

  9. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-10-05 21:29

    Scott, Chad may make better TV than Annette. Check out his comments to KELO’s Leland Steva:

    [Steva] “Do you feel you ever did anything illegal while you were doing this?”

    “No. No. No absolutely not.” Haber said [Leland Steva, “Annette Bosworth’s Husband Facing Felony Charges,” KELO-TV, 2015.10.05].

    Obviously not paying attention: denial didn’t work out well for Annette.

    The date on the summons is August 13, but Haber says he didn’t receive the paperwork until Saturday.

    “If it was really about justice, it would have been brought at the time the charges were brought against my wife,” Haber said.

    Oops: now the story sounds inconsistent, suggesting there is justice to be done by charging and trying Chad. The former A.G. candidate also demonstrates his unfitness for the job he pretended to want last year. The state has moved very cautiously. They tested the charges on Annette first, established that they could win a case like this with the evidence available, and now can turn confidently to prosecute other petition perjurers. If the Bosworth case had flopped, the Hughes County state’s attorney likely would not have advanced this case. This one-at-a-time approach can still achieve justice, with the added benefit of not gambling state resources on two uncertain prosecutions at the same time (plus maybe some savings now in having road-tested a case like this and knowing exactly which arguments to go for and which to avoid).

    Haber doesn’t know what to expect when he goes on trial, but vows it won’t be the same as his wife’s case.

    “It will be a completely different case. You know what her lawyer did to her. The way he threw her under the bus. I got the same advice from that lawyer. We’re not going to be as nice as him,” Haber said.

    Oooh, yummy yummy: more lawyer-on-lawyer violence, more testimony from Donald Trump’s favorite South Dakota lawyer! This should be great!

  10. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-10-05 21:32

    Oh, and in that video, is that Chad’s locked desk?

  11. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-10-05 21:54

    I simply report the alignment between current facts and what I reported in May after the meeting with Mr. Pankratz. I accept that the A.G.’s office has handed off this prosecution to avoid insulate the case about as far as practically possible in our small state from exactly the tired allegation of Retribution that Haber recited on TV tonight.

    I also posit that prosecuting Haber has everything to do with punishing violations of the law and nothing to do with any need to whack a dangerous political enemy. Haber left to his own devices poses no viable political threat to any South Dakota politician’s power.

  12. Rod Hall 2015-10-06 06:28


    Rev. (Roman Catholic Permanent Deacon) Dr. Joe Graves (Mitchell School Superintendent) says that he, too, doesn’t think he did anything wrong! See Angela Kennecke KELO-TV, Oct. 5, 2015. When is some group going to bring charges that Graves violated the simple plain wording of his contract?

  13. mike from iowa 2015-10-06 08:31

    Looks like Chad is getting his head shaved for his sitdown with Ol’ Sparky,the electric chair.

  14. Ronette Guymon 2015-10-06 09:46


    Did not listen to single twisted word that slipped off Supt Joe’s manipulative forked tongue. Instead, observed Deacon Joe’s non-verbal message. Counted 14 incidents of guilt-ridden facial twitching.

    Spin master Dr. Graves caught moonlighting. Joey says he is proud of his double dipping. Once again Deacon Graves tries to practice law without a license by injecting his divinely over-inflated self-evaluation of his supreme wisdom surrounding all aspects of contract law by injecting swill into his employment contract language. Snake-oil sermon riddled with excuses pitched.

    Supt Graves’ backside insulated by hand picked rubberstamping board members for more than a decade with a quorum of bobble-head board members sitting in HFCC pews where Reverend Joe preaches on Saturday afternoons.

    ATG Angela Kennecke! YGG hold cronies accountable!

    The Irish

  15. Craig Guymon 2015-10-06 10:52


    You asked, ” When is some group going to bring charges that Graves violated the simple plain wording of his contract?”

    Damn good question. The contract language printed in black ink in Item No. 6 of the MSD 17-2 employment contract for Supt Joe Graves is clearly stated in precise language requiring no inferred interpretation.

    Supt Joe Graves was moonlighting when he was issued a contract by Mid Central Education Cooperative that paid him $157,500 of compensation to provide administrative services in overseeing the educational program funded by two US Department of Education “Teaching American History” grants. TAH Director Joe Graves was the administrator who oversaw the educational program that assisted history teachers statewide secure master degrees from USD and DWU.

    Doing so breached the terms and conditions specified in Item No. 6 of the MSD 17-2 employment contract for Supt Joe Graves. Perhaps, a community action group of MSD 17-2 property tax payers needs to file civil action naming Dr. Joseph Graves as an individual seeking $157,500 of incurred damages which would be returned to the coffers of MSD 17-2.

    Badger, Out!

  16. Ronette Guymon 2015-10-06 18:28

    CAH: In “Clyde Follows Bonnie: Chad Haber Indicted on Petition Perjury” your analogy stated, “One can still argue that the Attorney General and state’s attorneys are head and tentacles of the same inky squid.”

    Over past decades of one-party power, control and influence over all branches of governance in South Dakota, the “inky squid’s head” has occupied the governor’s office with tentacles entangled throughout state and local gov’t offices; corresponding gov’t agencies and non-profit organizations via partnership agreements.

    I share the following facts wondering whether Mr. Haber’s citizenship rights to an impartial trial and innocent until proven guilty will be trampled by the inky squid’s head and tentacles in a far reaching manner similar to what was aimed at my husband, Craig “Badger” Guymon.

    The chain of command within state governance says, SD SOS Krebs asked SD Attorney General Jackley to investigate and determine whether Mr. Haber committed criminal acts violating election nominating petition statutes. The same chain of command indicates that SD SOS Krebs would need to ask SD Attorney General Jackley to investigate and determine whether: (1) Local and/or state officials having rigged or attempted to rig a public election in South Dakota; and (2) Subsequently, Local and/or state officials corruptly covered up such election rigging acts.

    As 20-year retired veteran and lifetime citizen of South Dakota for 57 years, I herein respectfully request that SD SOS Krebs submit a formal request to SD AG Jackley asking his office to investigate and determine whether local and/or state officials rigged or attempted to rig the 2012 Davison County primary election with local and/or state officials subsequently covering up the facts contained in the SD SOS’s 2012 Davison County Ballot Task Force Report.
    SD SOS Krebs and SD AG Jackley, if memory serves me correctly the words are “freedom, liberty, justice and equality for all”; not just for a favored few.

    SFC Ronette L Guymon, US Army, Retired

    PS: Outline of the 2013 thru 2014 vindictive prejudice the Regime aimed at Badger that trampled his citizenship rights will be posted in a public mode on Facebook Craig Guymon in South Dakota.

  17. owen reitzel 2015-10-06 18:53

    Good luck Cory is all I can say

  18. grudznick 2015-10-06 19:07

    Why is Mr. Guymon known as “Badger?” I think it is a neat-o name, as the kids say, but maybe he should seek to be known as “Wolverine,” “Stoat,” “Skunk Ape” or a more fearsome beast. I presume his job in the Army was as a digger.

  19. Ronette Guymon 2015-10-06 21:17

    Field artillery cannon cocker — King of Battle — enlisted 1980
    commissioned 1982 — highest rank held Captain — been known to kick ass and take names.

    Evidently, “grudzick” has never crossed paths with the tenacity off a badger with his locked-jaw attached to a adversary’s neck that is twice his height and girth … simply fearless and virtually bullet proof.

    Rod Hall in this thread tag my ass with the nickname years ago … referencing my digging up dirt faster than badger with ten hounds on his ass.

    Any other questions – aim them straight at me. I will always have the courage to own my words and actions – integrity – candor and courage (often in your face) are the core values that make me tick — never learned how to speak from both sides of my ass.

    What the hell is a grudsnick?

    Badger, Out!

  20. leslie 2015-10-06 21:24

    ask flemming

  21. leslie 2015-10-06 21:26

    deepest apologies bill, for the “m”

  22. Bill Fleming 2015-10-06 22:08

    LOL no problem leslie.

  23. mike from iowa 2015-10-07 07:32

    Grudz is the shrew that roared. Means he has a hyoid bone in his throat that allows roars,like the Panthera genus of the cat world. Otherwise the best he could do is scream.

  24. Bob Newland 2015-10-07 08:02

    Grudz has a nickname among those who hang out with him because he commits certain acts on them to win their company. They call him “naked mole rat.”

  25. Deb Geelsdottir 2015-10-07 16:11


  26. mike from iowa 2015-10-07 17:23

    Ms Deb would you be so kind as to send epo an email so he has your email address? He switched browsers and can’t import old contacts. Thank you.

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