Monday, December 08, 2003

U.S. Representative Bill Janklow's Busy Day: Conviction and Resignation

U.S. Rep. Bill Janklow resigned from the U.S. Congress on Monday after a South Dakota jury convicted him of speeding through a stop sign and killing a motorcyclist.
His resignation cleared the political trail for possible successors, including former Rep. John Thune (news, bio, voting record) who has been trying to decide whether to challenge Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle or run for Janklow's seat should it open up.

Janklow was convicted of all charges relating to the Aug. 16 crash: second-degree manslaughter, reckless driving, speeding and failure to stop at a stop sign.

He appeared stunned by the verdict and left the courtroom without speaking, facing a possible 10-year prison term and a $10,000 fine on the manslaughter charge.

Moody County Judge Rodney Steele scheduled sentencing for Jan. 20. After that the ethics committee of the House of Representatives could have investigated the case and recommend that Janklow be reprimanded, censured or expelled.
The House has an ethics committee?[sarcasm] Somehow I'm thinking ethics committee or no, he wouldn't be able to serve out his time (that is in Congress) anyway.
His resignation triggers a special election to pick a replacement. Republicans control the House with 229 of the 435 seats. There are 205 Democrats and one independent.


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