Widow of Man Killed by South Dakota AG Wants Records Private

PIERRE, S.D.—The widow of a man struck and killed on a South Dakota highway by the state’s attorney general is attempting to block the release of her husband’s mental health records. A judge recently ordered several hospitals and clinics to provide records about Joe Boever’s psychiatric state. The order from retired Circuit Court Judge John Brown came after a lawyer for Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg alleged in court documents that Boever’s Sept. 12 death may have been a suicide. Brown was to review the records before deciding whether any of the information is relevant to Ravnsborg’s upcoming trial. Jenny Boever argues that she has a substantial right to privacy under the South Dakota Constitution. “The records sought by the Attorney General have a high likelihood of disclosing sensitive details about Jenny,” her attorney, Scott Heidepriem of Sioux Falls, wrote in a letter to the judge that was publicly filed Tuesday. …

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