South Dakota House Leader Calls for Special Session to Consider Ravnsborg Impeachment
A South Dakota legislator has announced that he will begin the process that could lead to the impeachment of Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg.
According to Dakota News Now, House Majority Leader Kent Peterson is calling for a special session to be convened in November, something that was a possibility as far back as March.
“Before we concluded the session in March, the House of Representatives voted on a resolution that stated we may evaluate the matter pertaining to the Attorney General when the judicial process was completed. Since that process has finished, I am asking that the legislature convene to start the formal process of investigating the matter surrounding Attorney General Ravnsborg,” said Leader Peterson.
Ravnsborg pleaded no contest in August to charges of making an illegal lane change and using a cell phone while driving in connection to the death of Joseph Boever on September 12, 2020. Ravnsborg struck Boever with his car near Highmore.
Careless driving was dropped from the charges in exchange for taking the plea agreement.
Governor Kristi Noem released a statement at that time saying she was "outraged" and called on the South Dakota House of Representatives to consider impeaching the attorney general.
Secretary of Public Safety Craig Price said that Ravnsborg should have been charged with much more.
“In my opinion as a 24-year law enforcement officer, and in the opinion of the highly trained highway patrol officers involved in this investigation, Mr. Ravnsborg should have been charged with 2nd Degree Manslaughter,” said Price.
The special session of the legislature would begin on November 9th.
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