Impeachment articles filed against SD Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg
PIERRE, S.D. – Articles of impeachment have been filed against Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg days after he was charged with three misdemeanors tied to a fatal crash near Highmore last year.
District 24 Representative Will Mortenson filed the articles Tuesday. The republican representative says he has support from House Majority Leader Kent Peterson and House Minority Leader Jamie Smith.
“Earlier today, I filed a Resolution including Articles of Impeachment calling for the removal of Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg from office. The decision was unpleasant and the situation is truly tragic for all involved,” Mortenson said in a statement.
Article one details the acts causing the death of Joseph Boever. Article XVI of the South Dakota Constitution says the state House of Representatives may impeach state officers for misdemeanors committed while in office. Hyde County State’s Attorney Emily Sovell revealed Thursday the three misdemeanors Ravnsborg faces in connection with the fatal crash.
Article two lays out other actions Ravnsborg took following the crash. “Following the collision, including during his reporting of the collision and the resulting investigation, Jason Ravnsborg undertook actions unbecoming of the Attorney General. Jason Ravnsborg’s statements and actions failed to meet the standard of the Office of the Attorney General,” reads the article.
Earlier Tuesday, Governor Kristi Noem called for the resignation of AG Ravnsborg. According to the South Dakota Broadcasters Association, Governor Noem supports the impeachment.
“Now that the investigation has closed and charges have been filed, I believe the Attorney General should resign. I have reviewed the material we are releasing, starting today, and I encourage others to review it as well,” said Noem.
Spokesperson for the Governor, Ian Fury, tells NewsCenter1 the material to be released will be disclosed from the S.D. Department of Public Safety.
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