South Dakota AG conducts judicial transaction in a fatal accident


South Dakota Attorney General Jason Lawnsborg evaded trial and filed a complaint in a misdemeanor car accident last year after beating a man walking on a rural highway, prosecutors said. Wednesday.

Beadle County lawyer Michael Moore, one of the two prosecutors in the case, told The Associated Press that “there will be no trial and there will be a plea,” but he discusses the details of the arrangement. Refused to do. He said the plea would be entered on Thursday, when the Ravnsborg trial was due to begin.

Moore said he was unable to disclose further details due to a judge’s order prohibiting state officials from discussing the details of the investigation.

The Attorney General’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Ravnsborg, the state’s Supreme Law Enforcement Officer, has been charged with three misdemeanors, each with up to 30 days in prison and a fine of up to $ 500.

The widow of Joseph Bover, a man who was killed at the age of 55, She plans to file a tort proceeding To the Attorney General.

Lone’s Borg, who was elected for his first term in 2018, initially told authorities he thought he had attacked deer and other large animals on his way home to Pierre from a Republican fundraiser late September 12. He was unaware that he had killed the man until the day after he returned to the US 14 scene near Highmore in an area unlit by a cell phone flashlight.

Clash investigators said in November that Lawnsborg was distracted when he headed to the shoulder of the highway where Bobber was walking. However, prosecutors began an investigation that took into account GPS data from mobile phones, video footage along the Ravnsborg route, and evidence of DNA, and it took several more months to make a decision to prosecute the crash.

In a video released this year by Governor Kristi Noem, criminal investigators gave Lawnsborg the horrifying details of the clash. This includes the fact that Buber’s glasses were found in Lawnsborg’s car. At some point, they told him: “His face was on your windshield, Jason. Think about it.”

Ravnsborg seemed uncertain in the video about how he bent over his shoulder, but the detective told him that bone shavings had been found on the shoulder rumble strips.

“I have never seen him. I have never seen him,” Lawnsborg told the detective.

Nome asked Lawnsborg to resign in February after the investigation was completed, but Lawnsborg said he could still fulfill his office duties and take due process under the law. As asked, he resisted those calls. Three law enforcement groups, the South Dakota Police Friendship Association, the South Dakota Police Chiefs Association, and the South Dakota Sheriffs Association, have joined the call for the governor’s resignation.

Republican-controlled state legislature Consider impeachment of the Attorney General This year, the momentum quickly diminished and lawmakers decided to wait until the criminal procedure was completed. The House of Representatives said Wednesday that he was still digesting what the judicial deal meant for the impeachment potential.

Republican Rep. Steve Howgo, an ally of the Attorney General, said impeachment is unlikely at this time, especially given that no new details about the crash will be released in the criminal trial.

But Republican Rep. Tim Goodwin, who had previously asked Loansborg to resign, did not drop the possibility of new efforts to resign him. It requires a special session and can be convened by the governor or two-thirds of both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

“There is still one dead and he is our senior law enforcement officer,” Goodwin said.

Ravnsborg’s lawyer filed a motion last month, alleging: Alcoholism and Prescription Substance Abuse Patterns Bobber has led at least one family member, a cousin, to believe that depressed Bobber jumped in front of Lawnsborg’s car and committed suicide.

Lone’s Borg hasn’t said he’s aiming for a second term next year, but his predecessor, Marty Jackley, is running for his old job. Jackley served in the post for 10 years before losing the Governor’s Republican primary to Nome in 2018.