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House Majority Leader Peterson Wants to Consider Impeaching Ravnsborg November 9

Last week Speaker Spencer Gosch (R-23/Glenham) got the hard drive with the full investigation file on Jason Ravnsborg’s killing of Joseph Boever and said it could take months for him to get through all those documents and decide whether to impeach the Attorney General.

Today, Speaker Gosch clarified—it could take two months, at which time, November 9, House Majority Leader Kent Peterson (R-19/Salem) is calling for a Special Session:

House Republican leader Kent Peterson said Thursday he wants the South Dakota Legislature to call itself into special session to consider whether to impeach state Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg.

…Peterson’s Thursday announcement came on Gosch’s letterhead.

…“If the call to special session is successful, I intend to appoint a committee to investigate matters involving Attorney General Ravnsborg. It is important to note that the Legislature is not (equipped) to, nor does not intend to retry criminal matters. The constitution is clear on what our role is.” Gosch said, referencing Article 16 of the South Dakota Constitution. “The process will be fair, thorough, and transparent.”

Said Peterson, “Before we concluded the session in March, the House of Representatives voted on a resolution that stated we may evaluate the matter pertaining to the Attorney General when the judicial process was completed. Since that process has finished, I am asking that the legislature convene to start the formal process of investigating the matter surrounding Attorney General Ravnsborg” [Bob Mercer, “House Leader Calls for Special Session to Consider Impeaching Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg,” KELO-TV, 2021.09.09].

November 9 is the day after the scheduled November 8 Special Session called for redistricting. If the House does convene that Tuesday and impeach the Attorney General, South Dakota Constitution Article 16 Section 5 immediately suspends the Attorney General from his office. Article 16 Section 7 requires the Senate to wait at least 20 days before trying the Attorney General. The Senate would thus have to call itself back into another Special Session on November 29 at the earliest. If the House votes to impeach Ravnsborg within a week of its convening, the Senate could save itself a little travel and hold a Special Session trial in conjunction with the planned December 7 budget address from the Governor.

If Peterson, Gosch, and their associates are planning to consider impeachment in November, that’s all the more reason for Speaker Gosch and other legislators who have received the Ravnsborg investigation file to release that file to the public now, so the public may review the same information legislators have and weigh whether they want their legislators to revoke the public’s 2018 vote and remove their elected Attorney General from office.


  1. mike from iowa 2021-09-09 20:34

    Better put Dems in charge of investigation. Everyone knows magats can’t find a crime committed by another magat if their children’s lives depended on it.

  2. kurtz 2021-09-09 20:39

    The ungrateful Mariner then shoots and kills the albatross with his crossbow, whereupon the ship is becalmed for days on end and the sailors begin dying of thirst as told in the poem’s best-known line, “Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink.”

  3. John Dale 2021-09-10 00:46

    Is it because Ravnsborg would prosecute those buffalo jumping folks with the “vaccine”?

    What is Ravnsborg’s disposition regarding the deadly nature of many of the shots?



  4. Mark Anderson 2021-09-10 08:31

    Oh John, your such a worry wort, vaccines on the brain. Cowardly John, just cowardly. Get your shots folks, there’s 1500 people dying every day in America because they listen to lying fools like John. Now back to Ravnsborg. I have a question, is he on the outs with his party, he seems to be, or is this a ploy to free him so he can continue to run for office?

  5. Bob Newland 2021-09-10 17:41

    Kurtz’s allusion provides a brilliant allegory for the present reality in SoDak.

    If you drink ANY of the political water, you are doomed. Libertarians and Democrats are doomed, at least, to generations more of disappointment and hand-wringing. Republicans are doomed to be Republicans, drinking toxic water and passing the appetite on to their offspring.

    My gubernatorial run against Kristi will sport the slogan, “Well, I couldn’t be worse.”

  6. grudznick 2021-09-10 22:41

    As my close friend Lar, whose eye is bright, whose beard with age is hoar, alludes:

    He went like one that hath been stunnedm,
    and is of sense forlorn;
    A sadder and a wiser man,
    He rose the morrow morn.

  7. Lottie 2021-09-12 11:42

    If anybody needs to be impeached it should be that woman in cowboy hat and cowboy boots who is crazy about fireworks.

  8. mike from iowa 2021-09-12 12:02

    What is Ravnsborg’s disposition regarding the deadly nature of many of the shots?

    He thought it was a deer in the travelled portion of the roadway.

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