House Committee Votes To Halt Ravnsborg Impeachment Proceedings For Now

The South Dakota House State Affairs committee this morning voted 13-0 to amend HR7001, the impeachment of Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg. The amendment halts impeachment proceedings until after a Hyde County criminal proceeding is finalized, at the earliest.

Speaker Spencer Gosch’s amendment removes the articles.

Gosch says in light of the recent court order issued by the Honorable Judge John Brown, legislators have some concerns on what their abilities are in a public proceeding. He says the best way for the legislature to proceed at this time is to allow things to play out in the courts first. Once the courts have concluded their business, Gosch says the legislature would be able to move openly and without delay or interference.

On February 25, 2021, the Sixth Circuit Court issued an order precluding disclosure of criminal investigation information after Governor Kristi Noem’s release of evidence regarding the criminal charges in The State of South Dakota V. Jason Ravnsborg. The order stops Noem and all members of state government from releasing any evidence relating to the criminal case connected to the September death of Joseph Boever in Hyde County.

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