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Friday, September 08, 2006

Illinois Politics: FORMER GOVERNOR RYAN (R) GETS 6-1/2 YEARS



***Good news is always better late then never!

Former Gov. George Ryan, (another Republican), was sentenced to 6-1/2 years in prison on Wednesday, September 6, 2006, for his historic conviction on racketeering conspiracy, mail fraud, obstruction and other charges.

Following a 5-1/2 month trial, a federal jury convicted Ryan in April of steering state business to cronies in return for gifts, gutting corruption-fighting efforts to protect political fundraising and misusing state resources for political gain.

He was the third governor in Illinois history to be convicted of wrongdoing.

Lawyers for Ryan have vowed to appeal his conviction, focusing on U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer's decision to oust 2 jurors eight days into deliberations for concealing arrest records during jury selection months earlier. She added 2 alternates and ordered deliberations restarted.

Ryan facd up to 10 years in prison under advisory federal sentencing guidelines.

Prosecutors argued that Ryan deserved a longer sentence than Scott Fawell, Ryan's former top aide who is serving 6-1/2 years in prison.

But Ryan's attorneys argued that the 72-year-old former governor likely would die in prison if he received that long of a sentence. They sought a 2-1/2 year prison term, citing his good works and family health issues.

Ryan was convicted April 18 along with businessman-lobbyist Larry Warner of racketeering conspiracy, mail fraud and other charges.

***This man deserves everything that he gets. It seems that when someone gets into politics, they think they have the power to reign over the people and can rule them like a king. The power gets to their heads so they start breaking the laws. Someday, hopefully the Bush Administration will have to pay for their part in breaking the laws. Topinka, who is running for Governer of Illinois was invloved in a lot of corruption. If she gets into office, she will do the same thing a Ryan, since she condoned everything that he had done. People know a lot more about her that she thinks.

Chicago Tribune
By: Matt O'Connor
September 6, 2006

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