Annette Bosworth Found Guilty Of All Charges
Former U.S. Senate candidate guilty of six counts of perjury, filing false docs
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A jury of eight women and four men found former U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth guilty of six counts of perjury and six counts of filing false documents on Wednesday. The charges stem from her failed U.S. Senate run in 2014.
Bosworth admitted during trial that she was out of the country when she signed her nominating petitions, verifying she circulated them.
Her defense said she was given bad legal advice. The prosecution said she’s lying.
Ultimately, the jurors agreed with the prosecution, finding her guilty on all 12 counts.
“Two years on each count, obviously we don’t expect the court to send Dr. Bosworth to prison for 24 years,” said Deputy Attorney General Bob Mayer.
Bosworth sat emotionless as the jury convicted her of all 12 charges related to election law violations.
“The jury sends the message that our electoral process is very sacred, and the integrity of the process has to be protected,” said Mayer.
Bosworth violated that electoral process by signing an oath to certify signatures on petitions she did not personally circulate.
“Her signature is all over the oath, literally. She signed right on top of the oath, and the argument that she did not know what she was signing is disingenuous,” said prosecutor Brent Kempema.
“She was an amateur playing a professional’s game, and she made mistakes,” argued Dana Hanna, Bosworth’s attorney.
Those mistakes, the jury found, did not protect her from the law.
“Ignorance of the law, mistake of the law, is not an excuse,” said Kempema.
Bosworth was released from court after the verdict, rushing off in a white SUV with her legal team. She’s ordered to come back to Pierre for sentencing on July 1.
Her defense asked the judge about the status of her passport – it’s currently on hold.
Each of the 12 felony charges carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison and/or a $4,000 fine. Convictions could also jeopardize Bosworth’s medical license.