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Illinois Governor Ryan Sentenced


Illinois Governor George Ryan, convicted earlier this year on corruption charges, has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison. Ryan, a Republican, endeared himself to death penalty opponents in 2003 when, as one of his final acts of Governor, he commuted the death sentences every murderer on the state's death row. A story by Kevin McDermott in the St. Louis Post Dispatch discusses this latest example of corruption which has plagued Illinois for generations. An Associated Press report from the Belleville News Democrat provides an interesting time line on the Ryan case.


Hooray. He should have gotten more.

Too bad he didn't get state time. If he had, he could have hooked up with his pals in general population that he had sprung from the row.

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