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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A South Dakota Republican activist convicted of breaking state election law has been ordered to pay $500 to two people by a judge who ruled that Daniel Willard was being vindictive when he tried to force them to testify.

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A Lake County jury in August convicted Willard of illegally sending political robo-calls before the 2012 election, targeting leaders in his own party with whom he had clashed. Willard subpoenaed state Sen. Dan Lederman, R-Dakota Dunes, and political blogger Pat Powers to testify at his trial, saying they could shed light on allegedly improper actions by criminal investigators. Judge Vincent Foley ruled the two men did not have to testify.