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Calls for Resignation as Janklow Charged in Motorcyclist Death

Aired August 29, 2003 - 19:12   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: We have a lot more coming up ahead. U.S. Representative Bill Janklow is in legal trouble tonight. Want to tell you about that before we go to break.
The South Dakota lawmaker faces several charges after a motorcyclist was killed at an intersection near Janklow's hometown.

CNN's Jeff Flock has the latest.

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JEFF FLOCK, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): South Dakota's Republican political heavyweight gets a grateful hug from the president.

Sixteen years as governor, four terms -- this was '94, most recently elected the state's only congressman and a possible challenger to Senate minority leader Tom Daschle.

But Janklow's political career may have come to an end on this rural South Dakota road, where his car hit and killed this 55-year-old motorcycle rider, Randy Scott.

The charges, failure to stop, going 71 in a 55, reckless driving and the big one, second-degree manslaughter.

Janklow, who broke a hand and injured his head in the wreck, has had no comment.

REP. BILL JANKLOW (R), SOUTH DAKOTA: Nobody wants this job more than I do.

FLOCK: Elected to his first congressional term last year, half of South Dakota now thinks Janklow should resign if convicted.

In a poll taking this week before he was charged, another quarter said he should finish his term and retire. Just 12 percent said he should run again.

In a state with few people spread over huge territories, Janklow often talked about the way he drove.

"Bill Janklow speeds when he drives," he admitted in a 1999 speech about mandatory jail terms, "but if someone told me I was going to jail for speeding, my driving habits would change," he said.

The maximum penalty for the second-degree manslaughter, ten years in prison plus a fine.

I'm Jeff Flock, CNN, in Chicago.

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