Attorney General Office
Mark Barnett has served as an Assistant Attorney General; State’s Attorney; Attorney General for 12 years; and Chief Deputy Attorney General for 5 years. He won every jury trial for 26 years.
Mark was the lead prosecutor in two death penalty cases, including a serial rapist – murderer in Sioux Falls, SD. (Robert Leroy Anderson) Additionally, he argued and won two cases in the United States Supreme Court.
Mark is a staunch advocate of victims, having pushed through legislation for: Victims’ Rights, Victims’ Compensation, one of the first Sex Offender Registries in the nation, creating the crime of Vehicular Battery in serious DUI injuries, and discontinuing “secret” juvenile court in major felonies.
His jury trials have been featured in three different nationally televised crime documentaries, and in a book by FBI Profiler, Roy Hazlewood, titled ‘Dark Dreams.’
Barnett was chosen as Prosecutor of the Year by the South Dakota State’s Attorneys Association. He is a black belt in Shotokan Karate, and serves on the Supreme Court’s Courthouse Security Committee.