Bill Janklow, who dominated South Dakota politics for three decades as governor and then congressman, was sentenced to 100 days in jail Thursday for a car crash that killed a Minnesota motorcyclist and ended Janklow’s career in disgrace.
I actually thought that the system was working when a senator who runs a stop sign at 71 mph, killing a motorcyclist, is actually convicted of the crime. After 30 days, he will be leaving jail for up to 10 hours a day to do community service.
I remember NPR coverage of the trial. A woman testified that she had been virtually run off the road when the Senator came flying down that stretch of road a few days prior to the deadly accident. I remember thinking at the time, “he’s going to find some way to get out of this.” Well, he did.
I wonder what the average jail term for second degree manslaughter is?