Janklow Was Often

Stopped but Not Cited

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Former representative William J. Janklow (R), who resigned from Congress after being convicted in a highway death, was stopped 16 times by state troopers in his last term as governor but was never ticketed, said a South Dakota Highway Patrol report.

Troopers felt they should not ticket Janklow out of respect for his authority and, in some cases, fear of retribution, said the report, written by the patrol superintendent, Col. Dan Mosteller.

Neither Mosteller nor the two previous heads of the Highway Patrol, state Sen. Gene Abdallah (R) and state public safety director Tom Dravland, said they issued orders to go easy on Janklow.

Janklow said he never asked for special treatment.

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-- From News Services