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Dakota Justice

Posted on Friday, March 19th, 2004

Dave!In a previous entry I talked about how I was toying with the idea of riding my motorcycle through the central USA in order to visit a bunch of States that I hadn't yet been to. But today I received my latest copy of American Motorcyclist (the official publication of the American Motorcyclist Association) and all of that has changed. I don't give two shits if I ever visit South Dakota. And let me tell you why...

Last August, South Dakota Congressman Bill Janklow ran through a stop sign at over 70 miles an hour directly in the path of motorcyclist Randolph Scott (who sadly died on the scene soon after as a result of the accident). Despite the fact that ass-wipe Janlow has a long history of speeding and various other traffic violations, he was sentenced to only 100 days of jail time and a small fine.

Yes, you read that right, the price for recklessly murdering somebody in South Dakota is 100 days in jail.

Apparently, Judge Rodney Steele feels that either A) it's okay to kill people if you are a congressman, or B) when a motorcyclist dies in an accident, it's their own fault. Well thank you very much "honorable" Judge Steel for making it more dangerous than ever to be a motorcyclist. As if it weren't bad enough that people would rather talk on mobile phones, eat a burger, or beat their kids than pay attention to the road, now there is no incentive to watch out for motorcycles because the punishment for killing one is barely worth mentioning. What a daft prick. This is especially stupid considering that one of the largest motorcycle rallies in the nation is located in South Dakota.

I can only hope that there is special corner in hell reserved for assholes like Judge Steele and Janklow who have absolutely no regard for others.

As a motorcyclist, I fully accept that my chosen mode of transportation is inherently more dangerous than driving a car. And if I am seriously injured or die in an accident because I choose to ride, then I accept that. But what I refuse to accept is that my life is worth less than other motorists because of that choice. Judge Steele has declared open season on bikers in South Dakota. That being the case I will not be visiting there any time soon, if ever, unless the people of that State remove Steele from the bench.

Mount Rushmore is probably overrated anyway, but it sure would have been nice to see Sturgis. I wonder what would happen if motorcyclists decided to boycott the event this year?

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  1. deb says:

    Yes i fully agree , the only other thing i can say is if that would have been a native american driving that car he would have gotten the death penalty,i think it is a darn shame the whites came and took there land and making them pay for more then there fare share, the whites make the laws to suit them selves it dose not mater what they do wrong they never get treated like the real people of that land.i think that Judge Rodney Steele should be kicked off the bench to.and that Congressman Bill Janklow should be thrown out.what is wrong with the people of south dakota are they all brain washed.why do they put up with it. oh by the way i am a dumb white person /but i have a heart and a soul.
    very dumb founded

  2. Anonymous says:

    I just found this post from 2 years ago and if it helps there are many South Dakotans who were, and still are, more pissed than you with the whole Janklow sentencing. Please don’t judge all of South Dakota on the idiocy of these two men and the handful who support them. The Black Hills are beautiful and well worth the visit.

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