Who is this ‘OTHER’ petitioner?

So this is getting interesting;

Minnehaha County Commissioner Jeff Barth filed a petition in U.S. District Court last month to preserve documents associated with the state’s EB-5 program. On Monday, his case was in court.

There is no lawsuit right now, but Barth worried the paperwork tied to the state’s EB-5 program could be destroyed, possibly by former EB-5 administrator Joop Bollen.

Attorneys for those responding to the petition, including former Governor Mike Rounds, say that the petition has no legal standing in federal court. They say that the request for protection is being made to uncover facts, which would be a misuse of the court order Barth is seeking.

They also argue there is an obligation to collect and protect documents in a lawsuit, saying a court order is not necessary.

Judge Karen Schreier agreed to that point. However, she also says that simply as a taxpayer, Barth has no standing in federal court to ask for documents to be protected. However, the petition was not dismissed completely because of a motion made Monday to add an additional petitioner to the case.

Because of that request, there will be another 21 days for the opposing party to respond. Once that response is in, a new hearing date will be set.

Who is this mysterious other petitioner? The Feds?



7 comments ↓

#1 Owen Meany on 10.28.14 at 1:53 pm

The additional petitioner is a former Northern Beef employee.

#2 l3wis on 10.28.14 at 2:07 pm

Owen, was that mentioned in court?

#3 Dan Daily on 10.28.14 at 3:31 pm

EB-5 needs reporting. This city has 3 networks and a newspaper but no news. I’m hoping CNN or FOX comes to town with satellite trucks.

#4 LJL on 10.28.14 at 7:33 pm

WHat the f*%K are you reading Dan. Rarely a day goes by when EB5 isn’t written about in the Argus. If you don’t have an understanding of what happened by now, YOUR A MORON.

#5 Owen Meany on 10.29.14 at 8:22 am

DL- It is in the filing. FWIW, this entire exercise in this particular case is rather Quixotic. We aren’t going to see how big of a flying f— the public gives about the EB-5 debacle until the final election numbers are tallied. It’s too bad. It is a significant issue, but it is not something that can be explained in less than 30 seconds, and even if it can, I don’t think a lot of people get the MMR connection to it and understand what he did, or didn’t, do.

#6 l3wis on 10.29.14 at 8:57 am

I hope Rounds wins, it will be fun to watch him try to serve in the US Senate from a jail cell, then once and for all the voters of SD will realize that voting for Republicans is a vote for corruption. You would have thought we learned something from Janklow’s short-lived Washington term after he ILLEGALLY ran a stop sign and KILLED a man.

#7 keytag on 10.30.14 at 11:11 am

“voting for Republicicans is a vote for corruption” Really? Somewhat of a broad statement. Have you not read any reports from IL, FL and other places where there has been out-right voter fraud? No matter what button one pushes on the voting machine or ballot it has been programed to register, Democratic? Odd? Kind of defeats the purpose of going to the polls at all doesn’t it?