South Dakota Judicial Accountability, Amendment E (2006)
The South Dakota Judicial Accountability Amendment, also known as Amendment E, was on the November 7, 2006 ballot in South Dakota as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure allowed a special grand jury to expose citizens who have made judicial decisions, such as citizens serving on juries, school boards, city councils, county commissions, prosecutors and judges, to fines, jail and strip them of public insurance coverage and half of their retirement for making decisions which broke rules defined by the special grand jurors. The measure would have been retroactive and would have likely been challenged and declared unconstitutional had it been approved.
|South Dakota Amendment E (2006)|
Text of measure
The text of the measure can be read here.
The group South Dakota Judicial Accountability worked on the effort to get Amendment E on the 2006 ballot. Some of the reasons they were in favor of the initiative included the perception that there was no way to hold a judge accountable should they violate someone's rights, and that there was no way to get rid of corrupt judges one at a time because the whole system is corrupt.
Donors to the campaign for the measure:
- South Dakota Judicial Accountability Campaign: $225,626
- Total: $225,626
Opposition to Amendment E came from various groups who indicated concern that the measure was further-reaching than appropriate, and that it had the potential to result in many lawsuits against judges stemming from convicted criminals seeking retribution.
Donors to the campaign against the measure:
- No on E Coalition: $1,099,049
- Total: $1,099,049
- South Dakota 2006 ballot measures
- 2006 ballot measures
- List of South Dakota ballot measures
- History of Initiative & Referendum in South Dakota
- South Dakota Political Almanac, South Dakota Constitutional Amendments, Initiatives and Referendums 1970-2010
- South Dakota Secretary of State: 2006 Ballot Question Text
- South Dakota Political Almanac, "South Dakota Constitutional Amendments, Initiatives and Referendums 1970-2010," accessed August 26, 2014
- South Dakota Secretary of State, "Historical Election Data," accessed August 26, 2014
- South Dakota Judicial Accountability FAQ
- Follow the Money, "Donors"
- South Dakota: Ballot Measure Targets Judges' Immunity ~~ YAH!!! Free Republic Blog, October 26, 2006
- South Dakota Attorney General's Explanation of Amendment E is 'Neutral and Accurate,' say National Insurance Trades, NAMIC Online, July 14, 2006
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