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South Dakota Attorney General Under Fire After Deadly Accident

South Dakota’s Republican attorney general is facing impeachment after being charged in connection with a fatal car accident that took place in the fall.

Jason Ravnsborg, 44, was charged with three misdemeanors — including unsafely driving outside a lane and using his phone while driving — after he allegedly struck and killed Joseph Boever, 55, on Sept. 12. Ravnsborg was reportedly not on his phone at the time of the accident.

Still, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has called on Ravnsborg to resign.

“Now that the investigation has closed and charges have been filed, I believe the Attorney General should resign,” Noem tweeted Tuesday. “I have reviewed the material we are releasing, starting today, and I encourage others to review it as well.”

State legislators on both sides Tuesday introduced a resolution to remove Ravnsborg from office.

“One article of impeachment was for allegedly causing the death of Boever, and the second was for his actions afterward, which lawmakers called ‘unbecoming’ and said ‘failed to meet the standard of’ his office,” the Washington Examiner noted.

A spokesman representing Ravnsborg released a statement saying Ravnsborg does not plan to resign.

“At no time has this issue impeded his ability to do the work of the office,” spokesman Mike Deaver said of Ravnsborg in the statement. “Instead, he has handled some of the largest settlements and legislative issues the state has ever been through.”

Ravnsborg told detectives he was unaware he had hit someone until the next day, the Examiner reported.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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  1. Why does it matter that he is a Republican as stated in the first sentence. If someone is at fault and acts in a manner that is unbecoming of an elected official party shouldn’t matter, except for in NY State and the highest elected official of course.

    • It should not matter BigPoke, but if it’s a politician who is politically aligned, that’s how they are generally noted. Now if he were a Dem and they didn’t say that, then it’s a problem.

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