Janklow May Get Law License Back

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Board May Let Janklow Regain Law License

August 03, 2005 8:39 AM EDT
PIERRE, S.D. - A former congressman who resigned after being convicted of vehicular manslaughter should regain his license to practice law next February, the state bar's disciplinary board recommended Tuesday.

Bill Janklow, 65, was convicted of second-degree manslaughter for speeding through a stop sign and colliding with a motorcyclist, who died instantly.

Janklow, who also served four terms as governor, resigned from the House in January 2004, a month after his conviction. He completed a 100-day jail sentence.

If the state Supreme Court accepts the bar's recommendation, it would mean Janklow would be reinstated to practice law about a year before his probation ends. A hearing date has not yet been set.

Janklow is seeking to have his law license reinstated immediately.

Janklow has said he was in a diabetic stupor and remembers nothing about the crash. In testimony to the disciplinary board, Janklow said he still does not remember the accident.

"Oh, do I accept responsibility? Sure. There's a man that's dead. He didn't do anything wrong," Janklow told the board, according to a hearing transcript.

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