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Janklow Evidence Unsealed

November 05, 2003|From Associated Press

FLANDREAU, S.D. — Evidence prosecutors want to use in the manslaughter case against Rep. William J. Janklow was unsealed Tuesday. It showed seven crashes and 12 speeding tickets on his driving record.

But Circuit Judge Rodney Steele also ruled that other evidence that could bias potential jurors before the South Dakota Republican's trial will stay sealed.

Steele's ruling will allow the public to attend part of a hearing Monday when lawyers will argue about what evidence should be included in the trial when it opens next month.

Janklow is charged with felony second-degree manslaughter and three misdemeanors for an Aug. 16 collision near Trent that killed a motorcyclist.

Records showed that Janklow was ticketed for speeding 12 times and involved in seven crashes since 1990, not including the August crash.

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