Former Rep. Bill Janklow (search), still on probation for a fatal car crash, said Friday he was sorry and asked the state Supreme Court to restore his law license.

Janklow, who also was a four-term governor, said his manslaughter conviction for the 2003 crash did not affect his ability to be a lawyer and he wants to serve the public again.

The State Bar recommended his law license be restored on Feb. 15. If the court agrees, the former congressman could resume practicing law about a year before his probation ends. Janklow asked for reinstatement immediately, but the court's decision will be issued later.

"I can tell you that I'm sorry for what happened," Janklow, 66, said at the court hearing.

Janklow's law license was automatically suspended after he was convicted in December 2003 for the death of Randy Scott, 55, of Hardwick, Minn., whose motorcycle collided with the car Janklow was driving near Trent.

Janklow, a Republican, resigned Jan. 20, 2004, just a year after taking his House seat.

Janklow's second-degree manslaughter conviction will be erased if he complies with the terms of his three-year probation. He also served 100 days in jail.