South Dakota Attorney General To Face Impeachment

The Argus Leader reports:

The South Dakota Legislature for the first time in state history has begun the process of considering the impeachment of a duly elected public official. But until Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg no longer holds constitutional office, the widow of Joe Boever says justice will not have been served.

“They just need to make the right decision and take him out of this because there is going to be no closure until something is figured out,” said Jenny Boever, whose husband was killed 14 months ago when he was struck by a car being driven by Ravnsborg. “He needs to be impeached.”

The Rapid City Journal reports:

A sizable majority of the Republican-dominated House voted to have a committee prepare a report and recommend whether Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg should be impeached. It could take weeks for the committee of seven Republicans and two Democrats to delve into the crash investigation. The committee is a mix of Ravnsborg’s political allies and those who have called for his ouster.

Republicans Taffy Howard and Phil Jensen were among the 10 House members who voted against the investigation. House lawmakers said they first wanted to know whether Ravnsborg could be impeached for his misdemeanor convictions, the fact that he killed a man, or that law enforcement associations have said they no longer have confidence in his office.