Last updated on 2014.06.26
Patient and campaign donor Rick Bandy of Sioux Falls makes this video to add to the Annette Bosworth smokescreen:
First, let me ask: is there anyone who has not been Dr. Bosworth's patient or campaign worker who has spoken up for Bosworth?
Second, let's look at why Bandy's story is news and why it isn't. Bandy is responding a story I published on May 28 and on which Shad Olson of KNBN News followed up on June 4 reporting an eyewitness's statement that Bosworth and her husband Chad Haber circulated nominating petition sheets on Christmas Eve, 8 days before the legal starting time, at a Hutterite colony south of Plankinton. Bandy confirms the odd story that Dr. Bosworth hauled two of her patients across the state with her to visit a Hutterite colony and to sleep over and spend Christmas at her parents' house near Plankinton. But Bandy contradicts the petition story that his fellow patient has told: Bandy says he saw no petition sheets handed out at the colony on Christmas Eve.
Bandy's statement is news because we now have two eyewitnesses saying opposite things, meaning one of them is lying. I have a call in to my source and await that source's response.
Bandy's statement is not news, however, in the way Bandy and Bosworth want it to be. The allegation of early petition circulation has nothing to do with the big news, the twelve felony charges against Bosworth for violating her circulator's oath. Neither does Bandy's praise of Bosworth's medical skills and character. Neither does Bandy's statement that the Attorney General and the Division of Criminal Investigation did not speak with Bandy during the April and May investigation that led to those twelve felony charges, since those charges have nothing to do with Bosworth's strange Christmas Eve trip.
The only connection Bandy has to the false-oath charges against Bosworth is the fact that his name appears as signature #1, dated January 1, 2014, on Bosworth petition sheet #207, which includes two signatures, dated January 5 and January 7, that Bosworth swore she witnessed but could not have witnessed because her the signers where signing in South Dakota while she was on her trip to the Philippines. That coincidence of signatures does indicate that Bandy would have any material knowledge of the fraud Bosworth subsequently committed in signing the circulator's oath on that petition sheet and leads to no expectation that the DCI would need to contact Bandy in building a case pertaining to the charges at hand.
Yet Rick Bandy testifies in this video as if his statement calls into question the DCI's investigation and the Attorney General's felony charges against Annette Bosworth. Bandy's statement does no such thing. Bandy's statement does call into question a separate report of possible lawbreaking by Annette Bosworth and Chad Haber. It means that if AG Jackley brings additional charges of violating election law by circulating petitions early, Bandy will become a star witness for the defense. But Bandy is arguing a case that is not before the court. Neither Bandy nor any other patient or paid helper nor Bosworth herself has challenged this one simple, damning fact: Bosworth swore that she witnessed signatures that she in fact did not witness. That false oath is why Bosworth faces twelve felony charges.
Update 2014.06.25 15:08 CDT: Annette Bosworth's poor mother makes a video saying pretty much the same thing Rick Bandy says above... and having the same legal bearing—nil—on the felony charges Bosworth faces.
Update 2014.06.26 11:29 CDT: Even worse, Lee Stranahan throws poor Rose on camera again to recapitulate mere hearsay about Joel Arends.
Rose Bosworth contends that she heard from some unnamed source that Joel Arends gave Annette Bosworth advice that led Annette to perjure herself.
- Counsel shouts "Objection!" and the judge replies, "Sustained!" 20 seconds in, when Rose says, "This is what I have heard." In the courtroom, not one word of this hearsay will make the record.
- Advice or no, Annette still signed the oath. Annette still committed perjury.
- Rose traps her daughter in contradiction. In the previous video, she says Annette knew election law well enough to decline to leave petition sheets with Rose before January 1. Yet blaming Arends requires assuming that Annette could not read the circulator's oath printed on every sheet she was signing well enough to recognize that she could not sign the circulator's oath on sheets that bore signatures placed on those sheets outside of her presence.