SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - An attorney for a South Dakota lawmaker who's filed a civil lawsuit over a robo-call campaign criticizing Republican legislators says he might pursue the matter a different way.
Dakota Dunes lawmaker Dan Lederman has sued in an effort to find out who paid for the calls, and to clarify the bounds of election law for legislators who might face unidentified political attacks and for citizens who might hear them.
Judge Stuart Tiede questions whether anyone but the secretary of state or prosecutors can use the courts to enforce election law. But Tiede hasn't ruled on a defense motion to dismiss the case.
Lederman's attorney says he might file a complaint under the federal Telecommunications Consumer Protection Act, which restricts the use of automated telephone equipment.