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PfcHammer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 03:48 PM
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Former Rep. Janklow to be released from jail...100 days for manslaughter
Edited on Sat May-15-04 03:55 PM by KleverKittie
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2...

Former Rep. Janklow to be released from jail Monday after serving 100 days for manslaughter

CARSON WALKER, Associated Press Writer
Saturday, May 15, 2004

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(05-15) 12:09 PDT SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) --

Former U.S. Rep. Bill Janklow gets out of jail Monday after serving 100 days for causing a car wreck that killed a man -- and he might not stay in South Dakota, a state where he was a political kingmaker for 30 years.

"Depending on who's calling me and discussing things with me, I'm hearing that there's some talk that he's considering" a request to leave the state, said Perry Danforth, chief court services officer.

Janklow's son, Russ, who has acted as a spokesman for his father since the accident, refused to comment.

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Janklow, a four-term Republican governor of South Dakota, was elected to the U.S. House in 2002. He resigned from Congress Jan. 20, ending a political career that began in the early 1970s when he was elected the state's attorney general.
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Eric J in MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 03:52 PM
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1. not only his light sentence disgusting, but
not only his light sentence disgusting, but a Republican attorney general is agueing the family of the man he killed shouldn't be able to sue, since Janklow was acting "officially" when he drove past a stop sign at 70 mph without slowing down.

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RC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 03:55 PM
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3. ...acting "officially", huh?
Had his flashing lights and siren going did he?
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Eric J in MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 04:27 PM
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6. the idea is that a Congressman shouldn't be sued for
The idea is that a Congressman shouldn't be sued for casting votes.

That is reasonable.

But Janklow is getting immunity from civil damages based on a misapplication of the principle.

We, the tax-payers, will pay all damages.

Janklow won't owe a penny from the lawsuit for his reckless driving.
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lil-petunia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 03:54 PM
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2. He really thought he'd never be convicted
From all I read, it appeared as though he had a game plan:
1) act contrite
2) manufacture a questionable medical defense
3) plead not guilty
4) stack the jury
5) pay off the judge
6) put only conservatives on the panel
7) claim that it was a set up job, BUT
8) never, ever, ever admit to breaking the law. Making a mistake, yes, not breaking the law.

he sure looked surprised that he was convicted. but 100 days for a death? where he had come close to doing it before? this isn't justice, this is a travesty. There are MJ sellers holding an ounce who get 5 years. No, not a travesty, this is insane.
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Streetdoc270 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 10:15 PM
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10. Tommy Chong is in jail for selling glass... n/t
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 04:17 PM
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4. Such good news, isn't it?


By the way, whatever happened to that "white car" which distracted Janklow and caused him to kill that man?
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lakeguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 04:21 PM
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5. Wish I was rich so I could
do whatever the hell I wanted and not pay rent for 3 months. I wonder what would happen if the biker would have killed Janklow...death sentence?
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Shopaholic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 05:03 PM
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7. If it would have been one of us. . .
our Democratic asses would still have been sitting in jail!
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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 05:05 PM
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8. Read the book "In the Spirit of Crazy Horse"
by P. Mattiessen to find out what a creep Janklow actually is. And, of interest, he led a fight to keep this book from seeing the light of day in the USA. So much for freedom of the press when it exposes the criminal behaviors of politicians and energy companies.
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rebellious woman Donating Member (165 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 05:28 PM
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9. Send the fat assed SOB to Iraq.
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