Articles of impeachment were filed Tuesday against South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg. Ravnsborg has come under additional scrutiny after being charged with three misdemeanors for killing 55-year-old Joe Boever on accident near Highmore last September.
South Dakota Governor Kisti Noem says she agrees with the articles of impeachment against Ravnsborg, but wishes he would resign on his own and called on him to do so Tuesday afternoon. So far, Ravnsborg says he has no plans to step down from office.
The impeachment proceedings and pressure to resign come after additional evidence against Ravnsborg was made public by the Department of Public safety, including more than three hours of interviews conducted by North Dakota investigators leading the process.
Major takeaways from the video include:
Investigators say Ravnsborg was checking political websites including realclearpolitics.com and dakotafreepress among others minutes before the accident occurred. Ravnsborg denies he was distracted by his phone at the time of the accident…
The victim’s glasses:
According to investigators Joe Boever’s glasses were found in the front passenger seat of Ravnsborg’s car, meaning he hit face first into the vehicle’s windshield. Other eye witnesses who investigators spoke with and passed Boever that same night, not hitting him, said they saw him wearing those same glasses as he made with way back to Highmore walking off the shoulder of the road…
The victim’s flashlight:
Ravnsborg’s story was that he did not know what he hit initially, dialed 911, and then used his cell phone flashlight to look for what his vehicle had made contact with. Boever was carrying a flashlight at the time of the accident and according to investigators that flashlight was still on and working when they arrived at the scene the following day. Investigators say that light would’ve shined like a beacon…
Ravnsborg faces three misdemeanor charges, distracted driving, lane integrity, and using a cell phone while driving. None of which are for the death of Joe Boever. Prosecutors say the state lacks a negligent manslaughter charge which would be the most appropriate in this case; therefore they cannot bring charges in Boever’s death.