The Rapid City Journal follows up on a story you read first on this blog Monday. Daniel Simmons-Ritchie reports that Schwab is still waiting for Attorney General Marty Jackley to take action on a complaint she filed in March against DCI agent Mark Black. Schwab says she has submitted extensive testimony and documentation showing Agent Black committed perjury and other crimes in the state's investigation and failed prosecution of her and former Brown County assistant state's attorney Brandon Taliaferro.
In Simmons-Ritchie's report, the AG's office confirms that Black was fired from the DCI on March 14, around the time Schwab submitted her complaint, and that Black is appealing that termination, but the AG's office neither confirms nor denies a connection or an investigation.
Simmons-Ritchie does get this confirmation from Brown County:
Chris White, Brown County's chief deputy state's attorney, said Wednesday that Schwab had approached his office around March with her complaint, but that his office had ultimately referred it to the Attorney General's office due to a conflict of interest. He declined to elaborate on the nature of the conflict of interest [Daniel Simmons-Ritchie, "Former Suspect Says AG's Office Moves Slowly with Her Complaint," Rapid City Journal, 2014.08.08].
Hmm... Brown County kicked the complaint up the ladder because of a conflict of interest. The complaint now sits in the office that ordered the subject of that complaint to prioritize the investigation of the apparently trumped-up charges against the complainant, then fired the subject of the complaint. Anyone see a conflict of interest there?