Ravnsborg Not Expected To Testify At His Senate Impeachment Trial


     South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg is not expected to take the stand at his upcoming impeachment trial before the State Senate – and there defense may wind up calling no one during the June 20-21 proceedings.

    Both sides were to submit witness lists, but lead defense counsel Mike Butler didn’t – saying that he will present his case through cross-examination of prosecution witnesses, physical evidence, and possibly some defense exhibits.

    The South Dakota House narrowly approved impeachment articles over Ravnsborg’s actions surrounding a Sept 2020 traffic accident that saw him hit and kill a man walking along a highway near Highmore.

     The articles of impeachment charge the attorney general with breaking the law with his actions that caused the death of 55-year old Joe Boever of Highmore and with using his office to try to steer the ensuing investigation. 

    Prosecutor Mark Vargo witness list includes the crash investigators, 3 of whom are from with the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation.