People vs. Janklow, day one

Discussion in 'Bay Area Bikers' started by Dan Carter, Dec 2, 2003.

  1. Dan Carter

    Dan Carter Guest

    The trial of South Dakota Congressman William Janklow for vehicular
    manslaughter in the death of Minnesota motorcyclist Randy Scott began
    today in Janklow's home town of Flandreau, SD, and the battle lines are
    already emerging.

    As described by the NY Times, jury selection must have been right out of
    "Inherit the Wind" because everyone in town knows and adores the
    loathsome liar. One excused juror shook Janklow's hand as he passed the
    defendant's table before leaving the courtroom. Another pushed-off
    panelist admitted in a later interview, "I love Bill."

    In his opening statement, prosecutor Roger W. Ellyson set out to preempt
    the expected defense of disorientation due to diabetes by describing
    Janklow as alert after the crash. Ellyson also brought up the lying
    sonofabitch's "phantom vehicle" crock-of-shit concocted at the scene of
    the crime. According to that story, which Janklow now disavows, another
    vehicle somehow forced him to run the stop sign. Unfortunately for the
    cause of justice, the jury will not be allowed to hear of the other
    times the deceitful Dakotan used the same scam to evade responsibility
    for collisions. However, the prosecution will present evidence of a near
    miss at the same intersection eight months earlier, in which the
    reckless representative nearly dispatched another Minnesotan, a woman in
    a car.

    As expected, Janklow's lawyer, Edwin E. Evans suggested that his client
    suffered from low blood sugar that day after a 2-day swing around the
    state. Cannily preparing the jury for a variation on the Chewbacca
    Evans threw in the possible complication of a drug Janklow takes for a
    heart condition. And South Dakota Senator Tom Daschle is expected to
    offer testimony about the rigorous political tour.

    Can prosecutor Ellyson effectively make his case against the loutish
    leadfoot to the jury of his hicktown homeys, or will defender Evans have
    them reaching for their hankies with sympathy for their hypoglycemic
    Dan Carter, Dec 2, 2003
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    James Clark Guest

    And we all know how everything you read in the NY Times is the gospel
    Is this the woman who claims her family was *almost* killed
    when her truck was *almost* totaled when Janklow *almost* hit
    her truck?
    James Clark, Dec 2, 2003
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    mrdancer Guest

    Think of him what you will, but he's probably done more for motorcyclists
    than 95% of the politicians out there....
    mrdancer, Dec 2, 2003
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    Mark Olson Guest

    Yeah, he introduced Randy Scott to God.

    Janklow's phantom vehicle stories, and his ' it's not my fault 'cos I'm
    diabetic ' defense show his true character. Driving like an asshole
    and killing an innocent person are one thing, trying to weasel out of
    it is quite another.
    Mark Olson, Dec 2, 2003
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    Phyloe Guest

    Sounds like he is well on the way toward a fine and probation, no jail
    Phyloe, Dec 2, 2003
  6. Actually the judge ruled pretrial they can use Janklow's driving
    record - if Janklow's lawyer uses the diabetes defense. At least
    according to an article yesterday.
    wrestleantares, Dec 2, 2003
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    James Clark Guest

    I'm sure the dispatcher and the deputy who allegedly stopped Janklow
    can corroborate her story.
    James Clark, Dec 2, 2003
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    notbob Guest

    prolly!? Is this the kind of writing I'd find in one of your books?

    notbob, Dec 2, 2003
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    Margaret M. Guest

    crossposts retained...
    LOL nb, prolly is one of those words that so many use here, everyone
    has adopted them for use. Even the PhDs, reporters and writers. Most
    of us don't even notice it anymore. Kind of like those who use no
    capitalization or punctuation. A sort of "Adny Woodward" if you will.
    Margaret M., Dec 2, 2003
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    notbob Guest

    I know what it is. I just didn't expect it from mjt. Hell, I even
    use net jargon now and then, but there's just something about "prolly"
    and "sammiches" that grates on my last good nerve. It makes the
    author come off as, at best, a simpleton or, at worst, pretentious. I
    have no problem with abreviations like ppl or dept, and acronyms like
    OTOH. But, prolly sounds so ...affected. I don't know why it bugs me
    so much. Just cuz, I guess. ;)

    notbob, Dec 2, 2003
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    notbob Guest

    Dang, whippersnappers!

    On my last birthday, my daughter delighted in pointing out the
    previously unrealized fact that I now qualify for the senior's
    discount! Now, there's a bonus I wasn't looking for. :p

    notbob, Dec 2, 2003
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    Margaret M. Guest

    LOL Be sure to tune in next week when the topic is:
    "Geezers on Hayabusas"
    Margaret M., Dec 2, 2003
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    aruff Guest

    I thought geezers only rode Harley's:). Present company included.
    aruff, Dec 2, 2003
  14. Any parallels, do you think, to the silver- (or no-) haired Corvette crowd?
    Not that I have room to talk about balding heads.
    Jamin Kortegard, Dec 2, 2003
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    Margaret M. Guest

    Nah, I'm a geezer in training. I ride a Vulcan. I met mjt in Galveston
    and was looking for a squid on a Busa. Surprised me to see he was a
    grump. [Star Trek fans...was it star trek??? where in one episode they
    went somewhere that only kids lived because all the "grumps" (grown ups)
    Margaret M., Dec 3, 2003
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    Margaret M. Guest

    Nah, not grumpy. Come on...I thought you were a computer nerd. You're
    supposed to know about things like Star Trek...what show was it?
    Margaret M., Dec 3, 2003
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    Margaret M. Guest

    Thanks, TWoof. I knew someone here would come through for me. :)
    Margaret M., Dec 3, 2003
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    barbz Guest

    How 'bout "sketti" and "liberry?"
    Do those bug you ass well?

    barbz, Dec 3, 2003
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    aruff Guest

    That's because they're all on the back of "geriatric -ridden" Harley's :).
    aruff, Dec 3, 2003
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    notbob Guest

    Sorry, but no dark Dutch chocolate cigar covered in
    a raspberry coulis (OBfood). I'm pretty sure the one in
    question is And the Children Shall Lead Them. But, my memory is kinda
    vague on the grump thing. Here, you do the math:

    notbob, Dec 3, 2003
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