The Legislative Research Council is withholding from the public the criminal investigation documents released to legislators considering impeachment of Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg. LRC director Reed Holwegner has sent me and at least one other interested member of the public this terse statutory denial of open records requests to see the Ravnsborg investigation file:
Director Holwegner ignores the point that public interest in reviewing the documents that legislators may use to support removing an elected Attorney General from office overrides the state’s interest in keeping such documents secret. He also fails to note that the state’s interest in keeping Ravnsborg’s criminal investigation files secret ended when the state ended its prosecution of Ravnsborg and completed due process with Ravnsborg’s no-contest plea and Judge John Brown’s sentencing. Holwegner apparently considers such legal questions above his pay grade and more suited to the courts.