Pre-Trial Conference For Annette Bosworth Trial Held Friday In Hughes County Court
Saturday, May 9, 2015
The pre-trial conference for a case that has gained a lot of attention across the state was held in the Hughes County Courtroom Friday morning.
Sioux Falls Doctor Annette Bosworth is being charged with 12 felonies, each of which carries the possibility of two years in prison and $4,000 in fines.
Bosworth, along with her attorneys Robert Van Norman and Dana Hana, appeared at the conference by phone.
Presiding Judge John Brown stated that 100 jurors selected from Hughes County will arrive to the courthouse Monday morning, May 18th.
Brown said, “We will go through them and do the standard 34 member strike down method.”
Out of the 100, they will strike down to 34 in the initial process.
The 34 potential jurors will be narrowed down to 12 plus 2 alternates by approximately noon on Monday the 18th.
During the conference Friday, Bosworth’s attorneys wanted to dismiss expert testimony from former South Dakota Secretary of State Chris Nelson. Judge Brown denied this, but said Nelson won’t be able to testify to the extent the state wanted. Nelson will be able to submit certain documents to the court in regards to his knowledge of how elections are supervised.
Bosworth’s attorneys claimed that “Nothing this witness (Nelson) can say would be better that what the judge would say.”
After jury selection Monday, the jury trial will commence early Wednesday afternoon.
Bosworth's charges stem from her nominating petitions to run for U.S. Senate. She signed under oath that a number of people had signed her petitions in her presence when in fact she had been out of the country at the time. Bosworth has said her actions were simple mistakes and that she's being prosecuted as part of a political vendetta by Attorney General Marty Jackley.
The Hughes County Courtroom is rather small, and will hold a very limited amount of people during the trial. Judge Brown said, “We’re going to be packed.”
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