Attorney General Drafts Opinion To Answer Marsy's Law Questions & Concerns

Dec 5, 2016

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley
Credit Attorney General's Office

The Attorney General is issuing a 10-page opinion to clear up some questions created by Amendment S, or Marsy's Law.

Marty Jackley has appointed almost 30 professionals to serve on a committee to come up with answers.

On Monday, Dec. 5, Jackley held a conference call with the committee to discuss a draft opinion he and his staff created.

Jackley says more work remains to be done, and subcommittees can add insights.

"I think we're going to need subgroups, because there may be certain areas such as jails where we can put a specialized group together and really depend upon that group to meet and maybe give us feedback," he said. "We have the different groups to say whether we do need legislation or do need an attorney general's opinion or do need a guidance memo from the task force."

Jackley says the opinion is coming out later on Monday or early Tuesday.

The amendment to the state constitution was approved by voters on Nov. 8. Since then, many people who work in the criminal justice system say they need guidance regarding areas where the language of the amendment is confusing or ambiguous.