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If you had any doubt

Via PP at South Dakota War College comes further proof — if any was needed — about the nature of the people behind the ludicrous South Dakota Judicial Accountability Initiative Law (J.A.I.L.).

Seems JAIL for Judges has its own Yahoo group. In a recent post titled “Rogue Miscreant Legislators,” JAIL advises that “formal NOTICE has already been sent via U.S. Mail to all one-hundred and five State Legislators throughout South Dakota asking them to cease and desist from their unlawful acts, and to apologize to everyone in South Dakota.” For what unlawful acts must the Legislature apologize? Unanimously passing a resolution urging voters to reject JAIL.

The 14-page notice (PDF file) was signed by Bill Stegmeier, South Dakota’s “JAILer-in-Chief.” Among other things, it “formally” requests the Legislature

publicly (in newspapers, radio, television and on official websites) apologize to the citizens of the State of South Dakota, for using your offices and public funds to – interfere to prevent the free exercise of the PUBLIC’s right of suffrage (to vote), either for or against Amendment “E”. We request that this action on your part be taken and accomplished promptly, no later than March 10, 2006, so as to quickly stop and mitigate the damage you have wrought to a free and equal election process.

(Spelling, style and emphasis in original.)

Stegmeier also asks legislators to condemn state Sen. Lee Schoenbeck for comments he made and demands the legislative leaders respond to various questions (even though Stegmeier was unable or refused to respond to questions at a legislative hearing on the resolution). According to the post in the Yahoo Group, the entire Legislature is now “subject to arrest, detention for trial before a jury on the evidence, conviction, and sentencing to incarceration.”

While I hate to drive traffic to them, go read the post and the letter and see what kind of maniacs are pushing this initiated measure.


The layman’s constitutional view is that what he likes is constitutional and that which he doesn’t like is unconstitutional.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black, New York Times, Feb. 26, 1971

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1 comment to If you had any doubt

  • Anonymous

    My favorite part of the letter, and there as so, so many, is the first line.

    South Dakota Judicial Accountability Committee
    Bill Stegmeier, Treasure

    That’s right, they didn’t get through the first line without a glaring typo.

    And it all goes downhill from there….