Our Mission Statement

Whereas Federal and state legislatures have passed unconscionable and unconstitutional laws -- which they enforce brutally and inhumanly -- prohibiting production, sale, or possession of certain God-given herbs; and

Whereas over a million people are in prison in the United States for having "violated" these evil laws; and

Whereas federal and state elected officials, employees, and their bootlickers have promoted, and continue to promote, outright lies about these herbs;

We, the members of South Dakota NORML (affiliate of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) find it obligatory to:

1. Educate the public, to the best of our ability, in the truth about mood-altering and mind-altering substances in general; and

2. Educate the public, to the best of our ability, of the fact that the hemp plant has over 60,000 commercial, industrial, and medical uses, most of which are being filled less efficiently and more environmentally harmfully by other products; and

3. Lobby lawmaking bodies to change the laws concerning production, possession, and sale of these substances to more closely align with generally-accepted standards of human decency and justice.

Letters of Complaint by Eric Sage

January 25, 2008

Eric Sage
email me
Sidney NE 69162

Larry Long
South Dakota Attorney General
1302 E Hwy 14; Suite 1
Pierre SD 57501

Attorney General Long;

Consider this letter a formal complaint against Pennington County Deputy State’s Attorney Gina S. Nelson.

While I realize that any disciplinary action taken against a deputy state’s attorney is properly the responsibility of the state’s attorney who hired her, it seems unlikely that Glenn Brenner will take such action.

Enclosed is a copy of my complaint to the So. Dak. Bar concerning her acts, along with the narrative that recites those acts.

I believe that both Ms. Nelson’s and Mr. Brenner’s actions have raised serious questions regarding their abilities to represent justice and the rule of law. Your office should take whatever action it can to discourage such behavior.

I look forward to hearing from you on this matter.

Very truly yours,

Eric Sage
Supporting Documents sent with complaints...

The Complaint Narrative

"Chewing and Grinding"

The tickets written by HP Trautman and DSA Nelson

List of Expenses incurred by the victim, Eric Sage


January 25, 2008

Eric Sage
email me
Sidney NE 69162

Tom Dravland, Secretary
South Dakota Department of Public Safety
118 West Capitol Avenue
Pierre SD 57501

Secretary Dravland;

Consider this letter a formal complaint against South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Dave Trautman.

Enclosed is a narrative that outlines acts committed by Trooper Trautman that are outside the scope of proper procedures for any law enforcement officer.

Among the principles Trooper Trautman violated are these from the So. Dak. Highway Patrol’s Mission Statement:

We will protect the innocent from deception, protect the weak against oppression….

We will respect the Constitutional rights of all. We will endeavor to uphold the principles of liberty and justice.

Troopers will strive for excellence in the performance of their duties. We will not abuse our oath, our badge, our honor.

In addition, I am quite sure there is a Highway Patrol procedural statement that prohibits assigning guilt automatically to everyone in sight of where a criminal offense has been discovered.

I will be pleased to hear from you concerning any action taken on this matter.

Very truly yours,

Eric Sage


January 25, 2008

Eric Sage
email me
Sidney NE 69162

Disciplinary Board
The State Bar of South Dakota
222 E. Capitol
Pierre SD 57501

To the chairman;

Consider this a formal complaint against Gina S. Nelson, Pennington County Deputy State’s Attorney, for violations of several of the South Dakota Bar’s Rules of Professional Conduct.

I believe Ms. Nelson, in her capacity of prosecutor, and thus representing the State as client, violated, at least, the following rules (there are probably other violations), including;

    The whole spirit and much of the letter of the Preamble to the Rules; and

      Rule 1.1. Competence.
      A lawyer shall provide competent representation to a client.
      Competent representation requires the legal knowledge, skill, thoroughness
      and preparation reasonably necessary for the representation; and
      Rule 1.3. Diligence.
      A lawyer shall act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a
      client. “The lawyer's duty to act with reasonable diligence does not require the
      use of offensive tactics or preclude the treating of all persons involved in the
      legal process with courtesy and respect.”; and
      Rule 3.8. Special Responsibilities of a Prosecutor.
      The prosecutor in a criminal case shall:
      1. refrain from prosecuting a charge that the prosecutor knows is not supported
      by probable cause; and
      Rule 4.4. Respect for Rights of Third Persons.
      1. In representing a client, a lawyer shall not use means that have no substantial
      purpose other than to embarrass, delay, or burden a third person, or use methods of
      obtaining evidence that violate the legal rights of such a person; and
      Rule 8.4. Misconduct.
      It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to:
      (a) violate or attempt to violate the rules of professional conduct,
      knowingly assist or induce another to do so, or do so through the acts of another.

A narrative including descriptions of DSA Nelson’s offensive acts accompanies this letter. It should be obvious how the references above apply to her acts.

Very truly yours,

Eric Sage


January 25, 2008

Eric Sage
email me
Sidney NE 69162

Brenda Young, Chairman
Pennington County Commission
315 Saint Joseph Street; Suite 156
Rapid City, SD 57701

Chairman Young;

This letter contains a complaint against the Pennington County State’s Attorney’s office, and against State’s Attorney Glenn Brenner and Deputy State’s Attorney Gina Nelson.

Enclosed is a narrative outlining the acts committed by the above-named parties, as well as a statement of the financial damage done me by those acts. These acts placed the taxpayers of Pennington County in jeopardy, not to mention the public view of the very integrity of the state’s attorney’s office.

Upon receipt of the sum of $3577.50, I shall cease action on this matter.

Very truly yours,

Eric Sage


"Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves."

-- Ronald Reagan