(DRG News - Pierre,SD) District 24 Republican Representative Will Mortenson of Pierre has filed a resolution proposing two Articles of Impeachment to remove South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg from office.
HCR7001 included two separate Articles of Impeachment-- one concerning the crimes and misdemeanors that caused the death of Joseph Boever on September 12, 2020, and one concerning the statements and actions of Ravnsborg in reporting the crime and the resulting investigation.
Mortenson tells DRG Media Group, it was a difficult decision to make.
Mortenson, who is also a lawyer, says the Attorney General has a special obligation to follow the laws and protect the public. He says Ravnsborg’s actions and statements related to the death of Boever “breached those obligations to the people of South Dakota and he should be removed from office.”
Mortenson says HCR7001 may be read “into the book” on the House floor today (Feb. 24, 2021), but doesn’t anticipate floor discussion until the process for moving forward has been worked out.
While Mortenson took the lead in filing the paperwork, he says his role in the process moving forward will be limited.
The Articles of Impeachment resolution (HCR7001) is co-sponsored by House Majority Leader Kent Peterson and House Minority Leader Jamie Smith.