12-09-2003

03NR42 - Congressman Janklow Resigns Following Conviction

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December 9, 2003

#03NR42 - Congressman Janklow Resigns Following Conviction

After only five hours of deliberation, a jury yesterday found Rep. William Janklow (R-SD) guilty of second-degree manslaughter, reckless driving, running a stop sign and speeding for his August 16 crash that resulted in the death of motorcyclist Randy Scott. In light of his conviction, Janklow has prepared a letter to submit to House Speaker Dennis Hastert today stating that he intends to resign from the House of Representatives effective January 20, 2004 - the same day that he will be sentenced on his manslaughter conviction.

Darrel Killion, State Coordinator of ABATE of South Dakota, offered the following comments: "ABATE of South Dakota wishes to express its sincere gratitude to motorcycle enthusiasts and the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) for standing with us and supporting our belief that the South Dakota legal system would provide justice in the Janklow/Scott accident. This decision makes it clear to those who believe themselves to be above the law that they are, in fact, subject to the same justice system that we all live by. This decision is not only a victory for the motorcycle riding public, it is a victory for all users of our highways."

"I would like to thank Darrel Killion and ABATE of South Dakota for their diligence and guidance through this tragedy and trial," commented Karen Bolin, MRF President. "This trial, and the verdict, should remind us all how fortunate we are to live in a country where no one is above the law, where the judicial system is structured to that principle, and where a United States Congressman has been held accountable for his actions by a jury of his peers."

"Even though Rep. Janklow has been found guilty on all counts," reminds Killion, "we must still keep a watchful eye on this case until such time as sentencing has been rendered."

South Dakota will hold a special election during its June 1, 2004 primary to fill the remainder of Janklow's term.

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