PIERRE — A lawmaker who will forged a vote next 7 days on irrespective of whether to impeach South Dakota Attorney Basic Jason Ravnsborg states he gave him legal advice subsequent Ravnsborg’s involvement in a deadly automobile crash.
Rep. Scott Odenbach, who at the time was functioning for the Household seat he ultimately won, claims Ravnsborg reached out to him for enter on a general public assertion that was produced two times immediately after the lawyer standard struck and killed Joe Boever, a pedestrian who was walking along a rural highway in September 2020.
Odenbach, a Republican and Spearfish attorney, informed North Dakota exclusive brokers that he gave Ravnsborg tips on the wording of the assertion, according to audio produced recently with the file on the Home impeachment committee’s results.
“On this point he did call and I did give him some counsel on type of the ideal way ahead on that in a capability that I would characterize as his lawyer,” Odenbach said to a unique agent.
“OK,” mentioned North Dakota Unique Agent Joe Arenz. “So, it was relatively of a legal advice, there?”
“Yes, for absolutely sure, it was,” Odenbach mentioned.
Odenbach claims he edited the statement and sent it back to Ravnsborg, South Dakota General public Broadcasting reported.
Odenbach claims his friendship with Ravnsborg and his informal authorized guidance do not preclude him from doing his work as a point out consultant, which contains looking at impeachment.
Republican Speaker of the House Spencer Gosch claims it is up to Odenbach to make a decision regardless of whether to abstain.
“If he gave any kind of authorized counsel and there is some attorney-client privilege, that’s a thing he’ll have to deal with in phrases of his shopper. I never know a lot about it, nor did I glance into it simply because it was irrelevant to the situation,” Gosch claimed.
The Legislature’s code of perform states lawmakers have to avoid any conflict of fascination which would interfere with their duties and obligations as legislators, or with the workout of their most effective judgment in guidance of the point out.
The Republican-controlled impeachment committee voted on party traces to concern a report that uncovered his actions did not merit impeachment.
Lawmakers in the whole Home satisfy on Tuesday to consider whether to impeach Ravnsborg.
The lawyer common has forged Boever’s demise as a tragic accident and pleaded no contest previous calendar year to a pair of traffic misdemeanors in the crash.
Ravnsborg to begin with described the crash as a collision with an animal and has reported he did not realize he struck a gentleman till he returned to the scene the next working day and uncovered his system. Prison investigators doubted that account, but prosecutors said they have been not able to prove that Ravnsborg understood he killed a male the night time of the crash.