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SD Legislators Broaden AG Impeachment Inquiry

A South Dakota legislative committee considering whether to seek the impeachment of the state's attorney general voted to broaden its investigation of the events surrounding the fatal car crash in which the AG has already pleaded no contest, CNN reports. In August, Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg was ordered to pay a $500 fine for each of two misdemeanors, operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile electronic device and lane driving. Ravnsborg killed a pedestrian that he initially told police he thought was a deer but discovered was a 55-year-old man when Ravnsborg returned to the scene the next morning. Fellow Republican Gov. Kristi Noem called for Ravnsborg's resignation, and failing that called on the legislature to consider impeaching him.

The House Select Committee on Investigation is considering impeachment articles alleging corrupt conduct. After a two-day, mostly secret meeting, lawmakers on the committee — seven Republicans and two Democrats — met with the lawyer hired to guide the inquiry. The committee is now seeking subpoenas of the secretary of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety and various law enforcement and private investigators, who are expected to testify next month. Among the more powerful pieces of evidence that have come to light since the incident has been investigators saying they found the victim's broken glasses in Ravnsborg's car and that the victim's face had gone through the attorney general's windshield.


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