I just caught this tidbit this AM, which came out of left field. Annette Bosworth has hired the attorney who had witness tampering charges filed against him from Aberdeen:
Bosworth is represented by Brandon Taliaferro, a former prosecutor from Brown County who was investigated for witness tampering by Jackley’s office. A judge threw out the charges against Taliaferro midtrial.
Well, that one threw me for a loop.
I had long been told that she had a different attorney for her criminal case. But now, Bosworth pops up with an attorney who obviously has some disagreement with Attorney General Marty Jackley. It leads me to question what kind of defense she’s going to mount against the criminal charges pending against her.
And that’s been a bit confusing all along.
Bosworth has been very public and vocal about the criminal charges pending against her. And she has her documentarian, Lee Stranahan out there as well, who seems to be contesting every comment out there in the blogosphere on a tit for tat basis. And now, we have Taliaferro, who one would expect has a bit of a beef with the AG’s office.
It seems to be that Bosworth isn’t gearing up for a legal fight, as much as a PR battle. Every step she’s taken seems to be designed for a political fight, as opposed to one in court.
Maybe some of the attorneys out there who do criminal work & read SDWC (South Dakota’s #1 political website) can fill us in, but it’s been my opinion that in a criminal investigation, the logical step to preparing yourself to mount a defense would be to NOT be in the media making statements that the prosecution can impeach. And to NOT have people speaking about things on your behalf.
In other words, you circle the wagons, lock things down, and prepare your defense.
But this seems like preparing for the complete opposite.