Dan Willard has been charged, tried, and convicted of four counts of “Failure to identify the name and address of the maker of a communication within 60 days of an election.” Class 1 misdemeanors
The sentence – $250 for each count plus $84 in court costs plus the reimburse the state for the expense of prosecuting the case.
He also gets 30 days in jail for each count, suspended. The conditions to stay out of the poky are:
1.remain a law-abiding resident for 364 days
2.not anonymously put forward any political positions or opinions.
Whoa! If I understand this correctly, Dan Willard can not post anonymous comments on political blogs. My guess, that includes using some of the more colorful monikers.
But we also have a selection of other colorful user names coming from the same IP address noted in court today as having been held by Willard for a time; Anonymous, Show yourself Coward, The South Dakota Republican Party is Disgraceful, To hell with Tim Rave, Lee Schoenback is a Nazi, Blue Falcon (a.k.a Troy Jones), No Charlie Hoffman, Guns after Gosch, South Dakota YR’s, and finally, NO NOEM.”
There is a a huge US Senate election coming up, and the blogs becoming more and more active. I wonder if Mr. Willard can restrain himself for a whole year, or should he just serve the 120 days and get it over with?
Can these conditions be enforced? Are they worth enforcing ?