Trial Continues For Man Involved In Robo-Calls
by KDLT News
August 28, 2013 5:51 PM
A South Dakota man was back in court Wednesday accused of making automated political calls, better known as "robo calls." Daniel Willard is a Republican activist accused of sending two recorded messages to hundreds of South Dakotans before the 2012 election.
Wednesday prosecutors brought up their final witness, South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigation Director Bryan Gortmaker.
Gortmaker questioned Willard during the investigation. Gortmaker said based on the emails he read, Willard and his alleged conspirator Gary Dykstra claimed they were the group, Veterans Against Unethical Politicians, who sent the calls.
But the prosecution says it's not a real group. Gortmaker told the jury he couldn't find any evidence that the group was real either.
According to state law any robo- call must declare who financed the messages 60 days before an election.
Also Wednesday evidence that a Tracfone was bought by Willard was presented. That's the phone the calls came from.