Republican Jason Ravnsborg wants to be our Attorney General, the top law enforcement officer in South Dakota. Jason Ravnsborg thus doesn’t want you to know that he’s helping a man attack a law enforcement officer.
So says this motion for expanded media coverage by plaintiff and Jerauld County Deputy Sheriff Dawn Lake:
Apparently this fuss started in December 2015, when Ravnsborg’s client, Doug Johanneson, a frequent offender with a history of “furnishing alcohol to a minor, multiple DUI’s, stalking, violation of a protection order, and false reporting to authorities” asked the court for a protection order from Deputy Lake, who was present when Johanneson picked up his kids (yeah, Johanneson appears to be a divorced dad with custody issues) at the Jerauld County Courthouse in Wessington Springs on October 23, 2015. Lake is grandmother to Johanneson’s children. Apparently when time came for the court hearing on the protection order, Johanneson walked into the courthouse, saw the witnesses lined up to testify in support of Deputy Lake, and decided to “abruptly turn and leave” and “told the clerk of courts he wasn’t going to go forward with the petition.”
Deputy Lake is now trying to win from Johanneson her legal costs for preparing for the aborted protection order hearing. According to the court documents, the case is suppsoed to go to trial on October 4, 2018, giving counsel for the defense Ravnsborg a surely welcome break from the campaign trail and a chance to get back to lawyering. Given the widespread doubt about his courtroom experience compared to his highly qualified opponent, one would think that Ravnsborg would seize this opportunity to demonstrate his efficacy in the courtroom. But as the plaintiff’s motion makes clear, Ravnsborg doesn’t want expanded media coverage of his defense of Johanneson.