There were a few efforts over the years by prosecutors acting on moral grounds to try to enforce state law and close the houses. But none of the closures were of any ificant duration. It was clear these were professional sex workers. We were deeply concerned about finding information about the firearm involved in the assassination and any other information we could glean about that.
FBI agent Bill Woods went undercover as a traveling salesman, purveying goods for the houses and establishing rapport with Holliday. Sometimes the grand jury secretly met mere blocks away from the houses, in the old federal courthouse. Pechota and I called Attorney General Mark Meierhenry and advised him of what were doing and that, of course, we had to have absolute secrecy.
Woods' information revealed Holliday had become addicted to illegal substances and friendly with outlaw motorcycle gang members — allowing them to use her establishment as a safe house for fugitives and illegal firearms.
If there was any leak, we knew prostitutes, our witnesses, would be gone. Sports and Recreation.
The houses were raided May 21, They told us everything they knew. The event is free and open to the public and will be webcast live on SDPB.
District Judge. So they were very straightforward people.
Due to overwhelming evidence, Pam Holliday was eventually prosecuted for violations of the Mann Act, for which she got probation, but served a lengthy prison sentence for income tax evasion. Many of the cases we see involve internet solicitation of underage girls and boys.
Of course Meierhenry was very reliable, and as for next steps by the state, we left that entirely up to him. Intense investigative efforts ensued, supported by the broad investigative authority and secrecy afforded grand juries. Those houses of prostitution have been open pretty much continuously since July of when Deadwood was a roaring mining camp. On May 29,John H. Wood Jr.
A United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas, Wood was getting into his car to drive to court, where he had on trial a major drug lord.
Now human trafficking cases are frequently occurring even in South Dakota on the federal side. Pressure put on them to be sex workers at that time, in that place, did not seem to be a major force. They were in it for the money.