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Dykstra summed up the Robocall trial with one sentence

August 28, 2013

This morning I decided to actually listen to testimony in the Robocall Trial. Keloland.com has a live-stream of the trial so those of us that can’t make it to Madison can listen in. I’ve mostly avoided the trial because I don’t see anything wrong that was done. Even if Willard is found guilty it won’t change the fact he was charged with a crime that has no victim. To me the trial was best summed up this morning by Dykstra during his testimony:

The fact that we’re here today is proof in and of itself that some people don’t like what we had to say.

That small statement is the heart of this issue. This trial is not about a broken election law. Election laws get broken in this state a lot with no prosecution. This case is about certain politicians using the coercive power of government to stifle the free speech of opponents.

When all is said and done I don’t believe this trial will have any impact on anything. I would like to think this trial will show the abusive nature of certain politicians that run the Republican Party in this state. That however will not happen. At the end of the trial the political machine in Pierre will continue its dirty tricks.


PS. It was interesting listening to Dykstra explain dynamic IP addresses; and brought back memories.. I had to testify as a subject matter expert for a trial some years ago. Trying to explain NAT (network address translation) and active/passive firewalls to a jury was interesting. There were a lot of glazed eyes.

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  1. Stephanie Strong
    August 30, 2013 at 9:32 am

    This is in the SD Bill of Rights SD Constitution ” § 5. Freedom of speech–Truth as defense–Jury trial. Every person may freely speak, write and publish on all subjects, being responsible for the abuse of that right. In all trials for libel, both civil and criminal, the truth, when published with good motives and for justifiable ends, shall be a sufficient defense. The jury shall have the right to determine the fact and the law under the direction of the court.

    Article 6

    also Freedom of Speech in our US Constitution, common law

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