SD Freedom Caucus Issues Statement
Calling for Due Process for Senator Frye-Mueller
Pierre, S.D. (January 28, 2023) – On January 26, 2023, the South Dakota Senate voted to remove from Senator Julie Frye-Mueller (R – District 30) all of her rights as a Senator, including the right to vote. In response to the South Dakota Senate’s unprecedented actions, the South Dakota Freedom Caucus has issued the following statement:
We at the South Dakota Freedom Caucus, like the public, still do not know the charges Senator Julie Frye-Mueller has formally been accused of, nor do we presume to know her guilt or innocence in whatever charge she may face. What we know is that Senator Julie Frye-Mueller has not been formally and publicly served with any written complaint or charge, no evidence of wrongdoing has been publicly made available and no hearing, where such evidence can be examined and Senator Frye-Mueller can face her accuser, has been had.
We as elected officials have sworn an oath to the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the state of South Dakota, which affords all those accused to be made aware of the charges against them, to face their accuser and to have a trial of their peers. We stand firm on our oath.
That is why the South Dakota Freedom Caucus is calling on the Governor, the Attorney General, and all legislators in a call for formal due process to be afforded to Senator Frye-Mueller and for the people of District 30 who have been effectively deprived of their rightful and chosen representation. And for the member of the Senate who’s rights to represent their constituents has been revoked, to be restored immediately until such a conviction has been made.
About South Dakota Freedom Caucus
South Dakota Freedom Caucus is founded by elected officials who believe in freedom and liberty for the people of South Dakota. We are the voice of citizens who want bold action to protect life, strengthen families, defend our constitutional rights, limit government, and revitalize personal and economic freedoms in the state of South Dakota.
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