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South Dakota Attorney General issues arrest warrants for two U.S. senate candidates

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One day after the primary election, South Dakota's attorney general issues an arrest warrant for Republican candidate Annette Bosworth.

Bosworth is one of two former U.S. senate candidates with arrest warrants.

South Dakota attorney general Marty Jackley filed two separate complaint against Annette Bosworth and independent candidate Clayton Walker.

Bosworth turned herself in, while a warrant is still out for Walker.

South Dakota law states that candidates running for office must certify that they gathered their nominating signatures in person.

Bosworth allegedly had her sister as well as an employee in her office collect signatures for her petition.

And nearly half of walker's required signatures on his nominating petition were thrown out.

Court documents show both Bosworth and Walker now face six counts each for perjury, as well as six counts each for offering false or forged signatures for filing their candidacy.  Each charge counts as a class six felony -- and comes with a maximum sentence of two years in jail and or a four thousand dollar fine.

South Dakota attorney general Marty Jackley said "it would appear in this last election, via the complaint filed by the secretary of state, there were serious and basically deliberate concerns of conduct that we just felt in order to preserve the integrity of our elections here in south dakota, needed to be addressed."

"Prosecutors had waited until after the election to ensure that we did not affect the outcome of the election," Jackley added.

"Certainly Ms. Bosworth elected to bring a camera to her voluntary surrender and that information became public, but out of respect for the other defendant I can't really comment on those matters," Jackley said.

The case is being investigated by the Division of Criminal Investigation.

The case will be prosecuted by the attorney general's office. Bosworth is scheduled to be in court June 23rd.
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