Judge’s order prevents release of more information in Ravnsborg case
PIERRE, S.D. — A judge ordered Thursday that no more information be released in Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg’s case. The move comes the same day Governor Kristi Noem says she’s called on the Department of Public Safety to release more information.
South Dakota Chief Justice David Gilbertson assigned by order Retired Circuit Court Judge John Brown to oversee the case.
The motion was filed by Ravnsborg’s lawyer to prevent the release of investigation materials was filed “to protect defendant’s due process rights.”
Tuesday, the DPS released two interviews with AG Jason Ravnsborg that were conducted in the days and weeks following the fatal crash that killed 55-year-old Joseph Boever west of Highmore on September 12.
The release comes in opposition of the State’s Attorneys handling the prosecution. Beadle County State’s Attorney Michael Moore, who is assisting Hyde County Deputy State’s Attorney Emily Sovell, tells NewsCenter1 they are opposed to any release as it is an ongoing criminal case and that they’ve communicated their position with DPS.
Public Safety Secretary Craig Price says the decision comes from the Governor.
“The decision to release the videos is because the Attorney General is the state’s highest-ranking law enforcement official and he’s been involved in a pedestrian-vehicle fatality crash,” said Price. “The DPS is the custodian of the records and we were directed by the Governor to release the records as a part of her commitment to be transparent on this case. South Dakota statute allows for that.”
Impeachment articles were filed this week in Pierre – a move the Governor and Secretary say they support after Ravnsborg was charged with three misdemeanors.
Governor Noem has called for Ravnsborg’s resignation since the release of the interviews.