Pat Powers gives Brendan Johnson and that Sioux Falls paper grief for throwing U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson softballs and not wallowing sufficiently in inside baseball. He completely ignores the difficult and valuable work that Johnson does fighting terrible crimes in South Dakota.
Crime reporter John Hult tells the politicos to screw their heads on straight:
A good portion of the commenting class got peeved when fearless leader Patrick Lalley turned the discussion toward sex trafficking and prosecutions in Indian Country. A handful of them accused Mr. Bald N Surly of shilling for Johnson by allowing the U.S. Attorney to “grandstand”
“Grandstanding” apparently meant talking about his day-to-day job as one of the state’s top law enforcement officials.
...The problem [of sex trafficking] is bigger than it used to be, for one obvious reason: The Internet has made sex easier to sell and extended the potential market to anyone with a computer. Because of that, places like North and South Dakota that were too isolated to see it 20 years ago have become fertile grounds for out-of-state pimps. The recent prosecutions of Carl Campbell, Tajahn Clinton, Emmanuel Nyuon and Brandon “Kadafi” Thompson are evidence.
By making sex trafficking prosecutions a priority and pushing to create a task force, Johnson is essentially pushing to align South Dakotans’ views about prostitution with the law as it exists. Doing so necessarily requires beat cops to change their thinking and their approach to prostitution investigations [John Hult, "Why it matters when Brendan Johnson talks about sex trafficking," Amicus Lector, 2013.06.04].
Hult notes how recently the problem of sex trafficking has surged in South Dakota. He notes that in 2008, then U.S. Attorney Marty Jackley said he hadn't seen any such crime in South Dakota:
“In 2 years on the job, Jackley said his office hasn’t “had a case of true sex trafficking,” and only one or two labor trafficking cases. “We aren’t prosecuting those cases,” he said, “because we just haven’t seen them yet” [Matt Gruchow, "South Dakota's Slave Trade," that Sioux Falls paper, 2008; quoted in Hult, 2013.06.04].
That such a heinous crime has surged in South Dakota is important news. The action Brendan Johnson and other public officials are taking to stop this crime and protect women and children from such villainous exploitation is important news. Asking the U.S. Attorney to rehash a story from which he exited a month ago is not news.