SD Senate officially sets rules, date for AG Ravnsborg impeachment trial

Members of the South Dakota Senate voted Tuesday to set the rules and date for Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg impeachment trial.

PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Senate approved two resolutions on Tuesday in the South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg’s case.

The first resolution, SR 701, allowed legislators to move into a court of impeachment, set the trial date and formally make the summons for Ravnsborg to the trial.

The second, SR 702, established the rules for the impeachment trial.

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The rules of the impeachment trial state that each party will get one hour for an opening statement, four hours to present it’s case and one hour for their closing statement.

The senate also decided that Ravnsborg will have as much time as he needs to testify, if he so chooses.

District 32’s State Senator Helene Duhamel says for now, the goal of the SD Senate is to give Ravnsborg a fair chance to testify, to have a fair trial and for the senators to “get educated,” while also being open to the new testimony.

“Then when it comes time, we may be given more information, so we want to withhold some judgment until we’ve heard from all parties in the case, but we want it to be straightforward,” State Sen. Duhamel said.

The trial is set for June 21 and June 22. Both start at 7 a.m. (MST)

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