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If only conflict of interest laws existed when Gant and Powers were in office

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Oh the irony of Pitty Patt Postting this story;

Prohibiting and criminalizing direct conflicts of interests and self-dealings resulting in personal financial benefit from taxpayer monies

Under current South Dakota law, it is only a misdemeanor to engage in self-dealings of taxpayer monies for personal benefit or gain.  See SDCL 5-18A-17.4.

“A public official, who misappropriates taxpayer monies that have been entrusted to them, violates the public trust and should be held responsible for such actions.   When   a public official uses taxpayer monies for personal benefit or gain, it should be treated  as any other criminal theft,” said  Jackley.

The Attorney General’s proposed legislation narrowly defines a direct criminal conflict of interest to occur when “any public official who knowingly misappropriates funds or property which has been entrusted to the public official in violation of the public trust and which results in a direct financial benefit to the public official, commits a criminal conflict of interest.” A public official who commits a criminal conflict of interest would be guilty of theft under existing law. Under current theft law it is a Class 6 felony carrying a maximum penalty of two years imprisonment when the value of the theft is in excess of $1,000, a Class 5 felony, punishable up to five years, when the value is more than $2,500 but less than or equal to $5,000, and a Class 4 felony, punishable up to 10 years, if the value is more than $5,000. The bill also requests employee whistleblower protections.

Legislation being introduced by others will require notice to the Attorney General of conflict violations.

That was our main claim against Gant & Powers. Pat was still running a campaign consulting company while working as deputy SOS. A conflict of interest, especially if he was using information attained from the SOS to further his business. Not only did Jackley at the time not investigate him for that, they found them not guilty on stealing (something they were never accused of). But I guess, even if they were found to have a conflict of interest, not much could have been done until the law changes. PAThetic quit anyway claiming he had to get back to his litter of spawn.

Was Attorney Jackley Hoodwinked to?

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Apparently one of our high ranking state officials doesn’t think the voters were hoodwinked;

“The voters of South Dakota spoke and they said there needs to be some level of change and I think that change ought to focus on an ethics commission,” Jackley said. “I don’t think we should necessarily be scared of that, we should embrace it.”

Marty would know about ethics and corruption in this state first hand, he investigated EB-5 and Gear Up. Is old Jackboots sending us subliminal messages?

Yeah, there seems to be A LOT of things missing Marty

I usually don’t comment on these kind of crimes, I prefer to blog about living politicians and politicos fiddling around with our money.

But I took an hour out of my life that I will never get back to hear our esteemed AG, Marty ‘Silver Fox’ Jackboots talk about the Westerhuis death investigation.

I won’t speculate what was ever recovered in the investigation, but Jackley danced around a lot of things that don’t add up;

  1. First he says that the safe was not recovered and was probably destroyed in the fire, than he said that it might have been stolen or Scott hid it somewhere. So which is it Marty? First off, a safe, especially to a guy who may have been embezeling millions of dollars, was probably fireproof, not because it may have had money in it, but probably a lot of damaging records, not just about what Scott was doing but he may have had dirt on others involved. I would think the first thing DCI would have looked for was a safe, and if it wasn’t recovered, it is somewhere. Like I said, I won’t speculate where the safe is, but you I know what I’m thinking.
  2. While it was brought up that a shell was found in the gun that Scott killed himself with, there was no mention if shells or remnants of shells were found around the other victims. In other words, he never says the gun that killed Scott was the same that killed the victims. Maybe I missed that?
  3. In another bizarre twist in the press conference, Marty says the voice mail left on Nicole’s phone has been ‘terminated’. This is probably highly unlikely. Talking to a programmer today who works on different computer devices and phones said DCI should have asked for access to those records right away, and the provider (Verizon) should have had them, heck, they probably still do. So why would Marty say this? Not sure?

Once again, more deaths due to financial mishandling of Federal money in our state, and a closed investigation that leaves us with more questions than answers. Pretty soon Marty is just going to finish all of his reports with “It was the third gunman on the grassy knoll.”

South DaCola’s Political winners and losers of 2014

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Believe it or not, like last year, my chosen two are Republicans.

John Pekas is my winner this year. John has shown he has been a great advocate for the people of Sioux Falls and Minnehaha county as commissioner, and I think he will continue to be and advocate for the people as a judge. Since the county commission has put the meetings online, I have watched Mr. Pekas over the past year perform his duties as commissioner with the highest integrity and compassion. He is also pretty darn smart. Often giving legal advice above and beyond the commissions legal counsel.

I wish him the best in his new job.

My loser this year was very easy to pick. Former governor and future senator Marion Mike Rounds. While he skirted in easily to the senate, it wasn’t because he worked at it. The ‘I hate Obama’ machine took ahold in South Dakota. Not only was Mike one of the most corrupt governors (besides Billy Bob Janks) South Dakota has ever had, his involvement in the ongoing EB-5 scandal should worry South Dakotans about the future of our Jr. Senator. Marion might have won the election, but he ain’t nothing but a big fat loser in my opinion.

I would also like to give a distant 2nd place loser to Marty Jackley for assisting the SD GOP in the EB-5 and Mette case cover-ups. Remember, when in a corner, always blame the dead guy.

 

Meet SD’s Attorney General; Marty Jack-bagger

It has been blatantly obvious for a long time that our new AG has had political motivations, especially of the teabagger affiliation, and this letter writer nails it;

Third, these three elected officials have found a perfect way to titillate the imagination of the electorate, get a few votes and distract them from those depressing issues that I mentioned earlier. Everyone needs a mental vacation and a new target for their frustrations, right?

Even the sometimes brain-dead editorial board at the Gargoyle Leader gets it;

Top state and law enforcement officials here say there’s no large illegal immigration problem in South Dakota. And what issues are present certainly are quite different than those in Arizona and other border states.

I didn’t always agree with Larry Long, but I will say this about him as our past AG, he was fair on most issues and didn’t turn things into political fights. Marty, stop teabagging and start working to take on REAL issues facing our state.