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Supreme Court Lets Stand State’s Unjust Persecution of Brandon Taliaferro

Having to dig deeper than I to find reason to be thankful this fine holiday is attorney Brandon Taliaferro, whose appeal for expungement was rejected by the South Dakota Supreme Court this week. In a ruling filed Tuesday, a unanimous court said that the wording of the law prevents them from doing Taliaferro the justice of erasing from his record his arrest for crimes of which he is completely innocent.

Recall that Taliaferro was trying to help foster children who had been sexually abused by Richard Mette, who went to the penitentiary for his crime. For what seems explicable only from a nasty political perspective, the state cooked up seven charges against Taliaferro revolving around the idea that he and social worker Shirley Schwab tried to coax the foster children into providing false testimony against Richard Mette and his wife Wendy. The state utterly failed to make its case. Judge Gene Paul Kean threw the case out at the close of the state's arguments, saying the state had failed to offer any evidence requiring a response from the defense. This year, Circuit Court Judge Gene Paul Kean expunged five of the seven charges for which Taliaferro was wrongly arrested.

But prosecutor Michael Moore dismissed one charge before the acquittal and another before it was brought to trial. When Taliaferro asked that those two baseless charges be expunged, Moore said no. The state had no problem expunging eleven felony child abuse charges from Wendy Mette's record, even though the state had triable evidence to support those charges. But Taliaferro had to appeal to the Supreme Court for similar relief.

The Supreme Court says it cannot provide that relief. Justice Lori Wilbur says the plain language of SDCL 23A-3-27 lets the prosecuting attorney do what Moore has done and what Attorney General Marty Jackley has supported: bring baseless charges against an innocent man, dismiss those charges before facing the withering scrutiny of court and an embarrassing acquittal, then chain the wrongly accused man with an arrest record that he has to explain to every future employer. Justice Wilbur acknowledges that the result is "unfavorable" and "harsh" but writes that Taliaferro's "appropriate avenue for relief in this case is through the Legislature."


  1. Tim 2014.11.27

    "appropriate avenue for relief in this case is through the Legislature."

    Relief through our state legislature? Not likely.

  2. mike from iowa 2014.11.27

    Not this lege. Makes one wonder what this whole prosecution was about.

  3. Catherine Ratliff 2014.11.27

    Prosecutors have enormous power, and in this case abused that power. Now Taliaferro will be on the secret state "list" that prevents people with this kind of record from working with children and elderly.

  4. Vickie 2014.11.27

    Key words: Marty Jackley.

  5. Rorschach 2014.11.27

    The court, not the prosecutor, should decide whether a person has an arrest record expunged. This legislature may be willing to make such a change. I predict that a bill will be brought.

  6. Roger Cornelius 2014.11.27

    It is not likely that Brandon would find any relief from the state legislature, even if they changed the law, would it be retroactive?
    The legislature would have to pass a bill specifically expunging Brandon's record, is that even likely?
    Jackley and his court jesters have the power to tarnish a man's reputation whether he did anything or not.

  7. Douglas Wiken 2014.11.27

    Sounds like a job for Daugaard who has some pardoning powers. The SD Supreme Court seems to be woefully lax in searching for ways to help the politically disconnected but willing to search high and low and develop ingenious ways to depenalize the very rich and influential.

  8. grudznick 2014.11.27

    Isn't this the fellow that the short-armed Mr. Stranahan was in league with? I would think that if the legislatures passed a bill saying you could expunge things that were dropped it would go back to the beginning of time or at least 1889. I know they can't pass bills saying something you did last week was a crime but they could probably pass a bill saying how to clean up old records about things that were dropped in the past.

  9. Deb Geelsdottir 2014.11.27

    This stinks so badly. Shame, shame, shame on the prosecutor and his cronies.

    Speaking of Supremes, in Washington the 89 year old Notorious RBG had an arterial stent inserted yesterday. She's feeling great and will be on the bench next week. She's one of my favorite heros.

  10. bearcreekbat 2014.11.27

    Deb, I like RBG too and I hope she makes it long past 89, but for now she is only 81.

  11. 90 schilling 2014.11.27

    It is a sad day for SD when the rights of good human beings and innocent children are trumped by actions covering misdeeds of those elected and hired to serve.
    Officials targeting Brandon and Shirley should be sharing a cell with former official, Rep Klaudt.

  12. grudznick 2014.11.27

    Got a little dwarf in ya, Mr. 90 schilling?

  13. Shirley Schwab 2014.11.28

    According to the ruling:

    "First, the prosecutor must formally dismiss the entire criminal case on record. Second, the prosecutor must consent to the expungement. The language of these two requirements are clear, certain and unambiguous."

    It is interesting and important to note that:

    1) We could not find any court document showing where Prosecutor Moore formally dismissed the entire criminal case on record for Wendy Mette.

    2) Prosecutor Moore signed a stipulation order on August 22, 2012 expunging Wendy Mette's arrest record. This was filed in Wendy Mette's criminal court file. Typically, expungement motions are filed in a separate civil file which includes having to pay a filing fee. Ms. Mette was not required to do this.

    What is clear, Prosecutor Moore expunged Wendy Mette's criminal arrest record and apparently did not follow the statue the State used to argue in the Taliaferro motion to expunge.

    Lastly, to be clear for sake of record.

    The State did NOT drop the conspiracy to commit perjury charge on either Schwab or Taliaferro prior to trial.

    The State dropped the conspiracy to commit perjury charge AFTER the Judge handed down our full acquittal.

    The State dropped the obstructing law enforcement charge after the State rested it's case in chief at the trial.

  14. tara volesky 2014.11.28

    When you speak out about injustices in SD and expose corruption, you will have a target on your back. Speak out anyway and don't back down. We live in a police state that loves to intimidate and undermine people.

  15. David Newquist 2014.11.28

    We like to say we are a nation of laws, disregarding how many of those laws have imposed inequalities, taken away basic freedoms, and create injustice. This law is one of many grossly bad laws in South Dakota. While the Supreme Court says the legislature is the place to seek relief, it is the legislature that writes and upholds such laws. There are at least nine reports from a variety of organizations that list South Dakota as one of the most corrupt states in the union. Those reports all point to a legal code, written at the behest of officials who use it to shield them from public scrutiny and avoid being held accountable for their actions.

    Wrongful conviction organizations have pointed out that the case against Schwab and Taliaferro was a malicious prosecution motivated by a state’s attorney’s resentment. In dismissing the court action, the judge cited that fact. Under common law, a citizen who brought such actions could be sued for malicious prosecution. In many states, such charges filed by a state’s attorney would be met with disciplinary action. In South Dakota the complicity of the legal profession, a timid press, and a legal code which enables officials to withhold information with no sunshine provisions, and a citizenry which doesn’t concern itself about matters of integrity and justice creates a police state with no effective accountability to the voters.

    The investigation of the shootings at Sisseton was taken over by the DCI with all information controlled by the attorney general’s office. After releasing an all points bulletin complete with photo on the suspected shooter, they found him dead at the scene. In most other states, the press would have at least a narrative of how the shootings were revealed and some explanation of why the APB was released to the public. The attorney general’s office in South Dakota has the discretion to keep the public from knowing how the investigation is being conducted. And the public takes comfort in the thought that it is all a matter of an abundance of caution and concern for public safety. And that is why the legal will never be brought up to the standards that eliminate the secretive and corrupt practices.

  16. Shirley Schwab 2014.11.28

    January 10, 2013 Schwab/Taliaferro jury trial official Judicial Record:

    Page 452 (line 10) of official trial transcript:

    Mr. Moore: State will move to dismiss the conspiracy charge, Your Honor.

    THE COURT: All right. All the charges then are dismissed.

  17. Tim 2014.11.28

    David, I agree with your entire post, just one question, in your opinion how do we fight against this?
    "and a citizenry which doesn’t concern itself about matters of integrity and justice"

  18. caheidelberger Post author | 2014.11.28

    Rohr, you make a good observation that the prosecutors who would abuse their power to lodge such baseless charges should not have authority over the expungement of those charges. Simple check and balance. But who in the Legislature will have the decency to bring such a bill?

  19. Shirley Schwab 2014.11.28

    Tim and David,

    Good project for you both to bring this forward to the legislature.

    By doing so, documented and undisputed facts regarding the malicious prosecution of Schwab and Taliaferro then can exposed for what they really are.

    The citizens of this State need to look at this and say - we are not going to sit quietly any longer. The truth must be told.

  20. tara volesky 2014.11.28

    Dr. Newquist reminds me of Noem Chompsky, a brilliant political mind.

  21. mike from iowa 2014.11.28

    Cory,maybe it is time to get all this information to the public and demand the laws be changed. You have a vehicle for change. Hope to see common sense returned in my lifetime.

  22. Bill Fleming 2014.11.28

    Tara, quick vocab brush-up. It's 'Noam Chomsky' not 'Noem Chompsky' and 'populist,' not 'populous.' Both good references. Good enough for you to want to commit the propper spellings to memory. Thanks.

    p.s. Although I must admit, the concept of a 'Noem Chumpsky' did give me quite a chuckle. There just might be a lot of 'Noem chumpskies' in our fair state. LOL

  23. Bob Klein 2014.11.28

    bill The "propper" .. Good enough to commit to memory.

  24. Bill Fleming 2014.11.28

    LOL, happens every time. Thanks Bob!

  25. mike from iowa 2014.11.28

    Phonics is gewd enuf for phonies at fauxknee knews,ain't it?

  26. Tim 2014.11.28

    Shirley, I will be in the state several times during the next clown show. I'm sure I arrange my schedule to make an appearance if I knew the proper (Bill) procedure to follow so I don't get thrown in jail for being the only democrat in town. Maybe a clown nose and some of those floppy shoes so I fit in? :-)

  27. grudznick 2014.11.28

    Mr. Tim, this is why having Mr. H as your SDDP chairman would help you fellows a lot. He knows all this stuff and can tell you where to park so you don't get a ticket and how to press your French suit correctly and how to conduct yourself when going afront of the people that South Dakotans elected to sit upon their legislatures. Probably where to get a free lunch too.

  28. Tim 2014.11.28

    Grud, nothing against Cory, but I prefer him here, he is doing state dems a much better service here. The more I read the more I am inclined to support Mr Barth, I don't have any say but if I did, he would get my vote at this point. As far as the clown show goes, parking is easy, food is free, but my problem will be what happens to me when I go call republican cronies on their actions regarding the issues of this post and a few other things stuck in my craw.

  29. tara volesky 2014.11.28

    Thanks for the corrections. How embarrassing, and to think I have a college education. I didn't think that looked right. Keep correcting me Bill.

  30. Bill Fleming 2014.11.28

    What's embarrassing is when I send you a correction and spell 'proper' wrong. LOL. Instant karma! ;-)

  31. grudznick 2014.11.28

    Elect Mr. Barth. He does walk downhill well, if not a little breathlessly. Mr. Tim, I fear you may be ignored no matter how nice your fancy suit is.

  32. Tim 2014.11.28

    Grud, I have been ignored by much better people than the ones running the SD shit show, no worries.

  33. grudznick 2014.11.28

    I am glad, Mr. Tim, that you are not concerned about how effective you might be. I only meant that Mr. H could help your effectiveness. I have no doubt you can show up and get a free lunch and jabber with some of the locals or the carpetbaggers who represent your districts. You will be more effective than I initially assumed, no doubt.

  34. Tim 2014.11.28

    Grud I wouldn't expect to be effective at all, even my own rep isn't interested in what I think, I didn't contribute to his unchallenged run, and I didn't vote for him. The only way they will even let me in is if I show up with a couple hundred thousand republican signatures on a petition, and even then I'm not convinced they would care.

  35. Tim 2014.11.28

    Grud, most of them have already been bought and paid for by people with a lot more money than I have.

  36. grudznick 2014.11.28

    But still, as you said there is a free lunch in it for you. grudznick approves.

  37. Tim 2014.11.28

    lol, yeah that's true, my company pays for meals when I'm on the road.

  38. Roger Elgersma 2014.11.28

    I heard this case at USF when the court hear a few cases here. I will have to side with the court on this one. He wrongfully exposed someones private information that she had been molested as a child to pressure her to make it look like it never happened and gave her a different councelor who had not heard her testimony before in a face to face way so the new counselor would not take the old testimony seriously. The combination of things he did made it highly probably that he did a series of things to twist what had happened. It is just long enough ago that I do not remember all the details, but the whole thing could have been the most devious coverup imaginable. At the end it disgusted the family so much that they said it did happen even though it would be public now. He should not be allowed to practice law again if he is willing to put victims through that amoung of duress just to flip case. His own lawyer only pronounced half his name to try to keep his name out of recognition. He had not covered for his victims privacy at all but exposed her as a victim on an extremely private matter.

  39. grudznick 2014.11.28

    Tolliver. That's how you say it. The fellow with a bit of dwarf in him really glommed onto this whole thing out of a need for notoriety. Mr. Tolliver was never going to grow a man bun and join the ilk of that Stranahan fellow no matter what.

  40. David Newquist 2014.11.28

    Over a year ago, I was a witness to the handling of a case in which the witness on whose statements to the police the charges were based disputed the testimony. On the day following the incident, she recounted what she witnessed and what she told the police in the confusion of the incident and it refuted what the police stated in their report. When the case came up for the preliminary hearing, we assumed that the evidence would be challenged at that time. However, the defense lawyer recommended a plea bargain to the defendant, citing a cost for the defense in a jury trial that was way beyond the means of the defendant. So, the defendant plead guilty to a lesser charge, but nevertheless has a serious charge on his record.

    The handling of the case motivated me to get in touch with a wrongful conviction organization that I had worked with in the past. We came up against barrier after barrier in trying to get the evidence to review. During our attempts, the Taliaferro-Schwab prosecution came up, and the staff attorneys for the organization were confounded that the dismissal of the case against them had not led to disciplinary action of the prosecutors. They pointed the severe flaws in the legal code that protect malfeasance and misfeasance on the part of state officials.

    When the subject of revising the laws to bring them up to the standards of justice available in other states was broachd, the make up and history of the legislature makes such a revision appear impossible. The only ways the laws could be called into question would be through legal action coming from outside the state, most likely in a case where the application of state law would be in violation of federal law. Or if national organizations mounted a campaign to expose and call for corrections in existing state law.

    Early in the campaign up to this year’s election, Democrats in Brown County brought up the Taliaferro-Schwab prosecution as a campaign issue for statewide candidates. The response we got was that taking a stance against the state would lose voters. And the Bar Association seems to have no interest in open records and justice. There are some serious issues in the record of the Taliaferro-Schwab prosecution, as in many others, and the hope for change is that outsiders who can operate on principles without regard to the South Dakota plurality might take them up.

  41. grudznick 2014.11.28

    So to summarize Mr. Newquist in a single sentence: Don't do bad shit or hang around people doing bad shit and you won't have to complain about the stains on your shirt later.

  42. Deb Geelsdottir 2014.11.28

    To better summarize Dr. Newquist: Don't complain about anything in SD. Accept whatever the Republicans do, keep your head down and shut up, and you still may be a victim of SD's corrupt [ il]legal crony system.

  43. grudznick 2014.11.28

    To summarize Ms. Geelsdottir: quit yer bitchin' and start pitchin'

  44. Deb Geelsdottir 2014.11.28

    Grudz the Incorrigible. You are irresistible.

  45. Shirley Schwab 2014.11.29

    Roger Elgersma,

    In reading your comment, I am stunned at your lack of factual understanding, knowledge, awareness, and transparency of one of the most horrific child sexual abuse cases in the history of South Dakota.

    To be clear once again for the record:

    Not one of the five child sexual abuse victims EVER testified in the court room or any other legal venue. None of the child sexual abuse victims were ever given the opportunity to testify under oath and tell their story to a Judge.

    Unfortunately, the press did and continues today to put their own spin/agenda to the above very important fact of this case. Even after this 'untrue fact' was pointed out to reporters on numerous occasions, they continued to report the 'untrue fact' in their news articles.

    If you would take time to read the public court documents, motion hearing transcripts and trial transcripts, you will then be able to readily see where the guilt lies.

    In the meantime, while you are doing so, please do not minimize or taint the factual child sexual abuse, rape, torture, beatings and exposure to (disgusting beyond words) child pornography that these five young Native American children were forced to endure for well over a decade - all while under the care of the State of South Dakota Department of Social Services.

    I spoke out to protect these children in the past and I will continue to do so today.

    Please refer to the below website where you will be able to read a factual basis of this story.

    Thank you.
    Shirley Schwab

  46. Roger Elgersma 2014.11.29

    I agree that I do not know the whole story. All I heard was the Supreme Court hearing and it was about clearing the record of Taliaferro. The person he had sabatoged was a victim in her childhood and he tried to make her recind her accusations. It may or may not be the same case as the children you are talking about. I thought he was a bad lawyer for trying to cover up a crime to kids and then clear his name for exposing someones past to get them to say it did not happen.
    I have heard cases of the supreme court before when I heard more issues later that affected the case in ways that are not at all obvious when you are there.
    The part of the case I saw was that Taliaferro had done some devious things to cover up that he had thrown a case to do no justice for the victims. He was corrupt and was trying to clear his name for the last of seven things he probably was wrong on. Seeing all seven together made it apparent that he was conspiring and then get them dropped one at a time so they would not be seen all together.

  47. Roger Elgersma 2014.11.29

    After looking at your web site, it may be that the whole supreme court hearing was a scam to cover for the state. I know the case for custody for my children got thrown also and the amount they will do to wreck a persons reputation is unbelievable. I have heard a number of horrible rumors about myself also devious sabotage that I could not have imagined. Recently a judge admitted that the case for my kids had been thrown by the judge and she got fired for telling. We did get her job back but now she says it never happened. So continue trying to do good but it is not always easy.

  48. Roger Elgersma 2014.11.29

    When the prosecutor is wrong, it is conflict of interest that they would have to approve it themselves to be overturned. A court should be able to overturn the prosecutor without the prosecutors approval.

  49. Shirley Schwab 2014.11.29

    Roger - I was at the Supreme Court arguments as well and I can honestly say I have no idea what you are talking about. If you were to read the supporting briefs of the motion to expunge - you would/could have a better understanding of the legal argument.

    Schwab and Taliaferro were acquitted on all charges prior to defense attorneys being able to call one witness.

    Per Judge Kean's full acquittal ruling, there was no evidence of wrong doing on the part of the defendants.

    Bottom line - all of the criminal charges against Schwab and Taliaferro were maliciously brought by the State of South Dakota to sabotage the children's pending civil law suit against the State of South Dakota for years and years of failure to protect these children. Most importantly, documented evidence and sworn testimony supports the previous statement.

    Brandon Taliaferro was fired because he fought for the rights of children when no other prosecutor would do so.

    That is the factual basis of the story - in a nut shell.

  50. 90 schilling 2014.11.29

    This post clearly shows the hypocrisy of both parties. Dems for saying corruption in SD is all GOP while Dem leaders say and do nothing and GOP for not voting the sob's out. With all the casual bantering going on in this post by the party who cares, I'm afraid we are all screwed.
    I've seen the AG get a question on local State Attorney performance to have the AG hand that back to the local SA with no damage control, when the hard answer should have been given by the AG. It is as close to public fellatio as it gets, at least in this case.
    Get the legislation posted on your site that will bring justice, Shirley. We can run with it.

  51. Tim 2014.11.29

    90, have you not been paying attention to what happens here? Nothing gets done unless the GOP says it does, it has been that way for 40 years, people like you buying GOP propaganda for all these years is a big part of the problem. Until you hold them accountable it won't change, and yes, the GOP owns it all.

  52. Shirley Schwab 2014.11.29

    90 schilling:

    I agree with your assessment on the SD Democratic Party not wanting to touch the hot button topics. They made that very clear when they (the party) chose not to expose the Mette case for what it really was (is). And trust me, they (Democratic leadership) were contacted and asked and encouraged to do so.

    You find someone to author the bill for change on this particular statute and then we can proceed forward.

    FYI - the clock is ticking to gather support and get someone to author the projected change (bill) to this statute.

    By moving forward with legislative change to this statute, public awareness can then be generated.

    Question remains:

    Will the democratic party get involved in this or will they sit idle as to 'not rock the boat.'

  53. tara volesky 2014.11.29

    Will the Democrat party get involved or sit idle; they had their chance and chose to protect Marty Jackley, than take a risk and support Chad Haber and Annette Bosworth. Bosworth was the best thing that happened to the Democrat party, but you threw Bosworth under the bus to get Rounds elected. She was the best thing for Rick Weiland because I saw the Kick Ass commercial she was going to use on Mike Rounds. Oh but she signed petitions she didn't witness. Who the hell doesn't do that. Count me in. How petty when you have a US Senate race on the line. If I was Rick Weiland, I would be mad as hell. Maybe you need to do some research on one of the greatest Congressman of all time. James Traficant. He did some questionable things, but he was always for the people and never sold out.

  54. caheidelberger Post author | 2014.11.29

    Good grief, Tara, just when I thought you'd gotten over your Haberitis, you relapse. At no point did Chad and Annette offer Brandon Taliaferro any relief for his situation. Taliaferro offered to fight Bosworth in court, and she offered him nothing but grief in return.

  55. grudznick 2014.11.29

    Why didn't young Dr. Bos unleash this kick ass commercial, Ms. Volesky? Can you post it on a blog for us to see?

  56. caheidelberger Post author | 2014.11.29

    When we start talking about Chad and Annette, we trivialize the injustice done to Taliaferro.

  57. Lynn 2014.11.29

    "You find someone to author the bill for change on this particular statute and then we can proceed forward." Hopefully someone from the SDDP will pick this up and run with it. If not, there is always Rep. Hickey with his Captain America outfit always looking for an opportunity to get some press.

  58. tara volesky 2014.11.29

    There you go again Cory. You need to separate your personal vendetta against Bosworth and Haber and put the people of SD first. Like I said earlier, check out DEMOCRAT James Traficant. He had his flaws, but he always put the people first. Faux News banned him because he exposed political whores and corruption. When Haber and Bosworth exposes the Mette case, they're exploiting children for personal gain. Get real. I will testify for Bosworth, because I stand for no party. I stand for people that are getting screwed by the establishment. Any Dr. that does home visits, takes care of the poor, works in homeless shelters, goes on missions to care or people suffering, I will support. I don't know her very well, but I can tell, she doesn't give a hoot about money, or she would still be working for Sanford living in a million dollar home and hob-knobbing at Minnehaha Country Club.

  59. Tim 2014.11.29

    tara, there are many times when you seem like an intelligent, on top of things type of person. What makes you fall off the edge when Bosworth or Haber are brought up in any conversation? You have to give it up, Boz and Haber are not worth your energy.

  60. tara volesky 2014.11.29

    Really Tim? I believe she was targeted by the Republican party.

  61. Tim 2014.11.29

    Why would I care who "targeted" her? She put that target on herself when she tried to cheat the election and her and Haber did cheat several people with her lies and bullshit. Has she paid any of her outstanding bills yet? How about the people she cheated out of wages earned? As I said, you are burning energy on a couple of wastes of space.

  62. Les 2014.11.29

    I don't have time to write or research anything. I would make time to push this into both parties for the changes necessary. Is there a good attorney within earshot? Can this be a subject we can come together on, get this the publicity it needs and make a change??

  63. tara volesky 2014.11.29

    Tim, I don't care. No excuses, but I like an underdog challenging the machine. Don't support her or her husband. Go Marty!

  64. caheidelberger Post author | 2014.11.29

    Again trivializing Taliaferro's persecution. Taliaferro is a good lawyer with a good heart whom AG Jackley and SA Moore are punishing for no good reason with a legal loophole.

  65. Tim 2014.11.29

    Maybe instead of wasting your time on those two, you should listen to Les and point your energy into trying to get everybody together for a solution. Les and I have butted heads on many issues, he is right on this.

  66. tara volesky 2014.11.29

    Yes, but he has also gotten screwed for doing the right thing. He is young and I think just wants to get the hell out of SD like so many other talented people. Then we wonder why we are losing so many young people. Da!

  67. tara volesky 2014.11.29

    I know Taliaferro would support Bosworth. He is just young and is worried about his future. Bosworth will fight the establishment to the end. She will go to prison before she caves to the establishment........Annette, can I bring you cigarettes? The Democrat party is in bed with Marty Jackley on this one. Sorry can't support the D and R party against Bosworth.

  68. Lynn 2014.11.29

    Did Bosworth ever pay Taliaferro for his services or is he in line?

  69. grudznick 2014.11.29

    I, too, would bring Dr. Bos some cigarettes. Where will she be imprisoned? Perhaps at Yankton College. Go Greyhounds!

  70. tara volesky 2014.11.29

    Lynn, why don't you ask him. I believe he admires her because they have a lot in common, fighting the system. I told her not to hire an attorney because she would do better representing herself, like James Traficant. Save the money for your run against John Thune, because the defeatists Democrats won't run anybody.

  71. caheidelberger Post author | 2014.11.29

    Taliaferro deserves better than this conversation. Let's drop the Bosworth talk. We could discuss what legislator would amend the law, but can any change to the law next session alleviate the burden Moore and Jackley have placed on Taliaferro?

  72. Deb Geelsdottir 2014.11.29

    Tara, this thing you have for Chanette is so weird! I'm not going to challenge you on it because facts are irrelevant for you. It's just bizarre. (Insert "Jaws" music here.)

    Have a good time with it.

  73. Tim 2014.11.29

    Cory, from this legislature, not likely. Would a ballot initiative be a better way to go? Would we get enough support from the non-engaged voters of SD to even get the signatures to get it on the ballot?

  74. tara volesky 2014.11.29

    No Deb, be safe, don't challenge me with the chanette thing because it is much safer to side with the Republicans. Well, the Democrats and Republicans have a lot in common. One thing they do agree on is, let's destroy Bosworth so she doesn't expose Mike Rounds and the Republican party, because after all we are all Dinos and Rinos, one of the same.

  75. Deb Geelsdottir 2014.11.29

    Yeah, whatever Tara.

  76. grudznick 2014.11.29

    Ms. Volesky, where is Dr. Bos these days? Is she still in South Dakota running her clinic, because if they had anything on her you would think they would have dropped out of trees all over the place the day after the election.

  77. tara volesky 2014.11.29

    Deb, don't bow down to the establishment. You're better than that. You tube James Traficant. Faux News never interviewed him again because he spoke the truth. The media is bought and paid for by the corporations.

  78. grudznick 2014.11.29

    I don't think they have anything on Dr. Bos or she would already be in jail.

  79. Deb Geelsdottir 2014.11.29

    I am better than that, thank you Tara.

  80. Shirley Schwab 2014.11.29


    And here lies the problem.

    All of the most recent posts say nothing and accomplish less. But know this, I will not waste one breath on responding to the Bosworth side show or any rhetoric involving what is simply a distraction to what needs to be done.

    Formulate a plan people and then follow through. The results may astound you :)

  81. tara volesky 2014.11.29

    grudsnick, They wanted to get the good Dr. because she makes the medical establishment look bad and she would have done some major damage on Mike Rounds which would have caused Rick Weiland a good chance of winning. But, the powers that be, knew she was a major threat to Rounds, and used the Democrat party to take her out. The Democratic Party would have gained great strides if they would have supported Bosworth instead of Rounds.

  82. tara volesky 2014.11.29

    Shirley, where were you when Haber was running against Jackley and Chase Iron Eyes was on board supporting Haber?

  83. tara volesky 2014.11.29

    Shirley, why didn't you tell Cory to go to hell when he said Haber was using the Mette case to exploit Indian children. Why didn't you support Iron Eyes and Haber?

  84. Deb Geelsdottir 2014.11.29

    I'm with you Shirley. This isn't about Chanette. It's about you and Brandon and the grave injustice that's been done because of your dedication to children.

  85. tara volesky 2014.11.29

    How's it working for you. It's hard to go it alone. Maybe chase and chad could have helped you. Shirley, you are a great person, but you need all the help you can get. Even though you are a Republican, they are not going to help you.

  86. Les 2014.11.29

    Tara, where were you and I and all the good folks of both parties when Brandon and Shirley had their lives turned upside down and banks accounts stripped on fraudulent charges.

  87. Tim 2014.11.29

    I asked a couple of what I thought were legitimate questions several comments ago, but tara's sideshow has taken over. Maybe I'll try again tomorrow. Goodnight

  88. grudznick 2014.11.29

    Ms. Volesky, I for one don't think all of the Democrat Party is not smart. If they would have had great gains by supporting Dr. Bos then they would have. They are wily and cagey, some of those Democrat people. Not the ones on the tickets this year but some of the handlers are pretty smart.

  89. tara volesky 2014.11.29

    Les, where was I when Shirley and Brandon's lives were turned upside down? I tried to talk Brandon into running for AG. I also talked to Shirley about coming out and going to the public or getting involved with chase iron eyes and chad haber. You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make them drink. They have been through so much and nobody was there to fight or protest for their cause. I didn't even hear about the Mette case until Cory posted the interview with Shirley. I just wish there would be more people to support them. SD is so bad when it comes to speaking out. I would be there for Shirley or Brandon. Just say when.

  90. tara volesky 2014.11.30

    Grudz, are you saying the Democrats should have gotten behind Bosworth? Tim, I don't do a sideshow, I do a circus act, called Chanette verses Marty, the DCI and the black SUV's.

  91. mike from iowa 2014.11.30

    Taliaferro says I'm drowning. The prudent thing,the only honorable thing is to give him a life raft or a flotation device. Tara offers him a dead weight and an anchor. What, am I on drugs?

  92. Shirley Schwab 2014.11.30

    Les, Tim, and 90 schilling:

    You can get my private email off my website. Please feel free to communicate with me privately.

    Thank you.
    Shirley Schwab

  93. tara volesky 2014.11.30

    That's why the Democrat party is dead. Cory, corruption and cover-up is not nonsense. You have a handful of diehard democrats and think they know what's best for the party, Hows it been working for you? Maybe you should talk to the majority of outsiders that are not part of your exclusive group. The people that stand out for justice are the people this blog despises with the exception of Shirley and Brandon.

  94. tara volesky 2014.11.30

    Mike, Tim Grudz, Les, Shirley, whoever, you can also contact me at 605-292-0888 or Now don't be afraid. Thanks. Sad article Larry. My Son is working with Indian children in Walk Pala and loves it. Instead of sending Bosworth to prison, I hope she gets to do her dream job of taking care of people with addiction and Native Americans. But our government doesn't care about people, they only care about the rich and powerful.

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