KELO-TV’s Brady Mallory asks Jason Ravnsborg to respond to concerns that he has no experience trying criminal cases in front of a jury. Ravnsborg responds with the kind of weak assertion that loses cases:
Brady Mallory: “What are some of the criminal cases you’ve tried, just to clear up…”
Jason Ravnsborg: “I guess I’ve tried a number of them, but I’ve also prosecuted people for attempted murder, and also for aggravated assault.’
Brady Mallory: “Can you name any cases?”
Ravnsborg: “I’m sure I can, but not off the top of my head” [Brady Mallory, “Attorney General Candidates Clash over Experience,” KELO-TV, 2018.11.02].
O.K., Jason, let me get this straight. The concern that you’ve never tried a criminal case in front of a jury was raised by your Republican convention opponent John Fitzgerald back in June. It was reported in the Rapid City Journal on June 15. It was confirmed by the clerk of courts for the county for which you volunteer on June 19. Your Democratic opponent, Randy Seiler, has been raising the point regularly in the press and on the campaign trail.
Your lack of experience is the single-most devastating attack against your qualifications to serve as Attorney General. If John, Seth, the clerk of courts, Randy, and I are all lying, you’ve had nearly five months to memorize the names of criminal cases you’ve tried in front of a jury so that when a reporter inevitably asks that easily anticipable question, you can rattle off those cases off the top of your head, the way Randy Seiler can:
Seiler says he’s been the lead counsel in 600 federal felony cases, and has tried 75 jury trials. We searched a federal database, and the results linked him to more than 600 cases. KELOLAND news asked Seiler the same question it asked Ravnsborg, to name some of his criminal cases.
“We tried a number of cases, one of the other names that comes to mind is Alvin Mound, currently serving a life sentence. I prosecuted a case out of Pierre where a young police officer who recently retired, Dave Panzer, was taken hostage by a young man who wanted to kill a cop,” Seiler said [Mallory, 2018.11.02].
Ravnsborg can’t do the job of intelligent, prepared candidate, let alone intelligent, prepared Attorney General. Randy Seiler can. Case closed: Vote Seiler.