Monday, December 08, 2003

Janklow Jury Weighs Manslaughter Case

FLANDREAU, S.D. (AP) -- A jury began deliberating Monday in the manslaughter case against Rep. Bill Janklow after a prosecutor ridiculed as ``goofy'' the congressman's claim that he was suffering a diabetic reaction when he sped through a stop sign and collided with a motorcyclist.

``The defendant's driving is like a deadly game of Russian roulette,'' said deputy prosecutor Roger Ellyson, who called Janklow an ``unbelievably awful and menacing'' driver. ``On August 16, Randy Scott took the bullet.''

Janklow, 64, is charged with manslaughter, reckless driving, running a stop sign and speeding for the Aug. 16 crash at a rural intersection that killed motorcyclist Scott, 55. If convicted of manslaughter, Janklow could get up to 10 years in prison and also face a House ethics committee investigation that could lead to his expulsion.