David Montgomery is also poring over the interactions catalogued in the intriguing set of Regental invoices made public by Rep. Kathy Tyler (D-4/Big Stone City) this week. In addition to demonstrating the state's February 2009 cognizance of Joop Bollen's misdeeds and revealing that Bollen resigned briefly from his own SDRC Inc. in spring 2009, Montgomery now adds the revelation that Bollen was pressing the Regents to turn his contract on its head and grant him immunity from legal consequences for the trouble he caused the state with his EB-5 machinations.
I'll have more on that when I have time to excerpt the noteworthy invoice passages. Suffice it to say that the Regents say they've cut no deal with Bollen.
Just as eyebrow-raising is the below-the-fold statement by Attorney General Marty Jackley along the same line:
Other authorities investigating EB-5 said they haven't given Bollen any immunity from prosecution or lawsuits.
"The attorney general has not granted any (criminal) prosecutorial immunity in relation to the EB-5 matter," Attorney General Marty Jackley said Thursday [David Montgomery, "Bollen Sought Indemnity in EB-5 Lawsuit," that Sioux Falls paper, 2014.09.25].
Wait a minute: that's a pretty forward statement about a criminal investigation, isn't it, AG Jackley?
Jackley said he ordinarily doesn't disclose immunity deals but would confirm Bollen's lack of a deal "because the thing is of such public nature" [Montgomery, 2014.09.25].
Oh my goodness! Isn't "public nature of the story" exactly the argument Bob Mercer has been making about why you ought to make an out-of-the-ordinary release of your records in the investigation of Richard Benda's suspicious death?
Jackley is showing a pattern: when an unusual release of records forwards his party's narrative or need for cover, he's an open-records champion. But when we want answers to real questions that might not reflect well on his office or his fellow candidates, we get bupkis.
Gubernatorial spokesman Tony Venhuizen joins AG Jackley in spilling select beans, telling Montgomery that Governor Daugaard hasn't given Bollen any deal, either, and that the Governor nuked the state's contract with Bollen and SDRC Inc. last year against Bollen's wishes.
I don't know, Joop: the Regents, Jackley, and Venhuizen don't sound like they want to cut you any slack. Maybe it's time for one more charm campaign: why not call the blog, publicize your side of the story, and tell us what orders you were following, and which of your superiors gave those orders?9 comments