The impeachment Special Session will run into the regular 2022 Session of the South Dakota Legislature. After three more hours of secret discussions than expected, the House Select Committee considering impeachment of killer Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced that it will meet again on January 17. That’s six days after the 2022 Session opens in Pierre. (It also happens to be Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on which holiday the Legislature will not meet.)
When the committee reconvenes in January, it expects to hear from five subpoenaed law enforcement officials involved in investigating Ravnsborg’s grisly killing of Joe Boever on September 12, 2020:
The panel has issued five subpoenas for people to testify before the panel. The committee will meet again on Jan. 17.
The subpoenas were issued for Craig Price, the Department of Public Safety secretary for South Dakota, and other witnesses who worked at the crash scene and subsequent investigation.
They will be called to testify on either January 18 or January 19, Representative Mike Stevens said.
Others are Jeramie Quam, North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation; John G. Daily, Jackson Hole (Wyoming) Scientific Investigations; Joe Arenz, North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation; and John Berndt*, South Dakota Highway Patrol [Perry Groten and Bob Mercer, “Committee Issues Subpoenas for Its Ravnsborg Impeachment Study,” KELO-TV, 2021.12.29; updated 2021.12.30].
Recall the Secretary Price has said that the evidence gathered in the investigation would have supported filing manslaughter charges against Ravnsborg, who instead got off with misdemeanor traffic charges.
The committee is also subpoenaing documents from the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Jackson Hole Scientific Investigations, and the Hyde County State’s Attorney’s Office.
One person not on the subpoena list who should be: the tow truck driver who came in the middle of the night to remove Ravnsborg’s damaged car from the side of Highway 14 and, like Ravnsborg and Sheriff Mike Volek, somehow did not notice the pale corpse and the lit flashlight along the side of the road.
*Correction 2021.01.03 06:29 CST: KSFY reporter Austin Goss’s tweet of a document from the House Select Committee lists Trooper John Berndt among the subpoena-ees. KELO-TV originally reported (and I copied) the name as Jon Bierne. KELO-TV and I both subsequently edited that text to properly report the name on the original document from the committee.