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A trial on some degree of murder should occur everytime one person's actions result in the death of another. Clearly blowing a stop sign at 70 mph and killing an innocent motorcyclist should result in a charge. Unfortunately we've(bikers) been screwed for so long that it is newsworthy when one of our murderers is charged. Of course he being one of the ruling class will probably get him off.
 

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Well, apparently the attorney general has some balls. Let's hope he also has some prosecutorial talent.

The article states that Janklow was traveling 71 mph. I wonder if they got that from the Caddy's black box? Someone posted in response to an earlier update that 80 mph in SD is automatic criminal negligence.
 

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Looks like they're filing the charges that apply under the law. This guy clearly shows he thinks law's don't apply to him by his previous actions and statements

With any luck the court will convict him of the felony charges that have been filed instead of some bull***** plea bargain
 

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i would like to see him drawn and quartered, but that may be a bit excessive.



seriously though, driving is a privilege, NOT a right, and this guy should never be able to drive again.
 

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Seems to me that if he wasn't a former Governor and a member of Congress, he would have had his license revoked after getting 11 speeding tickets in four years. Knowing who he is, the police probably didn't cite him for at least 50 potential tickets during that same time.



Also, someone with that kind of record obviously couldn't care less about other drivers on the road. Why should he have to be drunk or stoned to get hit with a stronger penalty? It seems worse to me that he did what he did WITHOUT being drunk... at least in that case he's have an excuse for being so mindless.



 

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This guy definitely needs to be held accountable for his actions, but try to keep in mind that this sort of thing could happen to almost anyone. How many times have you guys exceeded the posted limit by 20 mph (or a lot more)? I know I have. I can tell myself that I'm in control or that I have plenty of room to slow down or that there's no traffic around, but we all know how fallible that sort of reasoning is. Here's another piece of living proof. Sure, Janklow was in a car and he certainly knew better, but I don't believe that he was out to do anyone bodily harm. He now has to deal with the aftermath of poor decision-making. I just hope that this whole ordeal is a reminder that no matter whether you're in the cage or on the bike, you don't really know what might happen at the next intersection or around the next corner.



PS - Does anyone else find it ironic that a banner for radar detectors appears at the top of this thread?
 

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I don't run a radar detector, but I don't think doing so is indicative of reckless or negligent driving.



Even in Janklow's case, it's not the 75 mph that's so appalling... It's 75 mph through a blind intersection while running a stop sign.



In fact, Janklow's act shows such a wanton disregard for human life, maybe the charges should be more severe...



Hey, I just checked the story again. I think it's been changed. When I read it the first time, it specifically said Janklow was charged with second degree manslaughter and not homicide. Now there is no mention of homicide as an option. Bastards!



Well, I don't know if homicide is the proper charge, is there a first degree manslaughter?



Man, what a blatant disregard for human life!
 

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They are definately updating the story as time progresses, but that's what you get with internet news. Since the last time I read the story, they've added a note that his tickets came during the only period he didn't hold public office. Clearly impling that he used his political clout to keep his record clean.
 

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Milwaukee justice

I spent the last couple of days at Harley's 100th in Milliocki (Milwaukee). Watched the Doobie Brothers at Summerfest last night. They are still great and the huge crowd loved them.

Send Janklow to Milwaukee and have hime run the gaunlet down Highway 45. He'll not get far.
 

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Murder--by definition--is a killing carried out on purpose. What happened here doesn't rise to the level of murder, and vehicular killings seldom do. While I hope he gets the maximum punishment allowed by law, let's not undo 200 years of jurisprudence.
 

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Even NPR is running this story now. Of course they're only doing it because he is a Pubbie and NPR is merely a promotional arm of the democRATS. But what the hey! Any bad press about this guy is good!
 
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