Former US Senate Candidate Annette Bosworth was arraigned today, with her next court appearance taking place on July 15th. Given at the pace things move in the legal world, herein starts the Summer of Boz, as there’s every possibility that this could drag out for months.
The South Dakota Attorney General’s Office says Bosworth signed as a circulator on some of her petitions to get on the ballot at a time when she wasn’t in the country.
Bosworth offered no comment after court Monday but said earlier this month that she didn’t ‘knowingly attempt to deceive anyone.’
Attorney General Marty Jackley will lay out his case, with Bosworth being forced to respond to the inconsistencies that have been chosen. And I use the word chosen because it appears that the prosecution has picked what some consider the most egregious cases involved in the petition matter.
But, that doesn’t preclude the possibility that there are more out there. Or the possibility more charges could be added.
Because the longer people look, and the more people dig, there’s a possibility that there are more petition inconsistencies that might be difficult to explain.
For example, of you look at what’s been numbered as petitions 157, 50, 80 and 132, they were all collected in early February, and all were attested to by Bosworth that she observed the signatures being collected.
But if you start looking at dates, 50, 80 and 132 had a significant number of signatures being collected from Meade County and Pennington County residents, likely at the stock show on February 5th and 6th. But petition 157 had a significant number collected on February 5th and 6th from Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties. Completely across the state on the same day. Hmm.
So, a number of signatures collected from the Rapid City area on the 5th & 6th… and also a number of signatures collected from Minnehaha & Lincoln Counties on the 5th & 6th, all signed off on by Annette as having been the person circulating them.
You know, you want to be generous, but it’s a pretty long haul from Rapid City to Sioux Falls. Again, potentially difficult to explain.
And there’s also petition #31:
So, it’s a safe assumption that that’s the area they were collected in.
And herein lies another instance where it’s difficult to reconcile.
Because there seems to be a bit of contradictory information regarding Annette’s whereabouts during that time period. On March 21st, according to KOTA TV, it sounds as if she was in Rapid City:
Bosworth campaigns in Rapid City for US Senate
Posted: Mar 21, 2014 8:42 PM CST
By Robyn Estabrook
Physician Annette Bosworth made a stop at the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce, as part of her campaign for US Senate.
On Friday at a Chamber ribbon cutting ceremony, she told the group her number one priority is healthcare.
And according to her own facebook page, it seems as if she was in Sturgis on the 22nd:
So, how was it she collected a number of Minnehaha County names when it’s well documented she was out in the hills, including by her own facebook page?
There is an outside possibility that she could have driven back and forth from Pennington to Minnehaha county every night. But, you have to admit that here’s another instance where it doesn’t look good.
With the next court appearance taking place on July 15th, the longer this drags out for Annette Bosworth, the greater that more inconsistencies and more charges could be heaped on her plate to try to reconcile.
And that could be a reconciliation that’s difficult to explain.