So recently announced Congressional challenger and Minnehaha County Commissioner Jeff Barth told us what’s been on his mind following the murder of Law Enforcement Officer Ron Johnson — “…Barth has been thinking about defense costs since the escape and killing took place” Really? Not the family of the victim, not the safety of other law enforcement professionals or not even the safety of other inmates at the Penitentiary?
So let’s give Mr. Barth the benefit of the doubt and assume that he didn’t mean to sound so cold-blooded…..he might want to take into account that the attorneys appointed to the murderers are already salaried county employees, not to mention there is an extraordinary litigation fund to help cover the cost of expensive trials.
So does Mr. Barth think these cases are too expensive because of the rights we give to the accused for a fair trial or does he think the cases are too expensive because he doesn’t like the death penalty?
I certainly hope Mr. Barth isn’t saying justice for Ron Johnson and his family is too expensive. If that’s what he meant, Mr. Barth may find that contributing to his congressional campaign is too expensive for South Dakota.