South Dakota Attorney General crash prosecutors defend charging decisions  (Audio)

February 25, 2022

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota prosecutors who charged the state’s attorney general with misdemeanors in a 2020 fatal car crash defended their charging decision to lawmakers weighing whether he should face impeachment charges.

The two prosecutors say neither the fact that North Dakota investigators doubted Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg’s account of the crash on a rural highway nor the surrounding pressure from Gov. Kristi Noem swayed them to pursue more severe charges.

Hyde County Deputy State’s Attorney Emily Sovell says she did not want video interviews with Ravnsborg released…..

Beadle County State’s Attorney Michael Moore told the committee in any high profile case, there is pressure to make certain decisions…

Ravnsborg pled no contest in August to a pair of misdemeanors in the September 2020 crash that killed Joe Boever as he was walking along U.S. Highway 14 near Highmore.