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Ryan's hope Ex-Gov. Thompson to seek presidential commutation for former governor
SUNTIMES ^ | May 28, 2008 | NATASHA KORECKI

Posted on 05/28/2008 9:44:23 PM PDT by endthematrix

The highest court in the land refused to hear his plea. Now only one person can help George Ryan:

President Bush.

» Click to enlarge image Former Gov. Jim Thompson will ask President Bush to commute former Gov. George Ryan's prison sentence. The Supreme Court rejected Ryan's appeal to overturn his conviction on corruption charges on Tuesday. (Sun-Times)

RELATED STORIESComplete Ryan trial coverage Pardon vs. commutation What's the difference between a pardon and a commutation? Pardon: Erases a conviction, such as a felony. Commutation: Conviction stands, but erases prison term, or trades a longer sentence with a shorter one. (Gov. George Ryan commuted sentences for all Death Row inmates, but most of them still served life sentence.) Presidents receive hundreds of requests for pardons and commutations each year. Most are granted just before the president leaves office. President George H.W. Bush granted 74 pardons out of 731 requests and commuted three sentences out of 735 requests. President Bill Clinton granted 396 pardons out of 2,001 requests and granted 61 commutations out of more than 5,400 requests.

After the U.S. Supreme Court turned down the disgraced former governor's request for an appeal, Ryan's lawyer -- former Gov. Jim Thompson -- said he would ask Bush to commute Ryan's 6½-year prison sentence.

"The man has gone from being the governor of the state of Illinois to being a prisoner in the federal penitentiary," Thompson said. "His career is gone. His reputation is gone. His pension for the moment is gone. . . . I think everybody's interests have been served."

Even with time off for good behavior, Ryan, 74, wouldn't get out of prison until he's nearly 80, Thompson said. "I think it would be appropriate for the president of the United States to commute to time served."

If Ryan's sentence were commuted, his conviction would stand, but he would be freed.

Thompson's comments came after the top court declined without comment to take up Ryan's appeal. Ryan was convicted in 2006 of steering state contracts and leases to friends, and, in return, taking cash, gifts and trips. He was also convicted of lying to FBI agents and filing false tax returns.

"It appears that the long legal saga is finally over," said Patrick Collins, the former prosecutor on Ryan's case. "I've never taken any pleasure that George Ryan has to serve an extended prison sentence." But wiping out Ryan's sentence, he said, "would send a terrible message to the public and to the victims of corruption."

Seeking a commuted sentence, rather than a pardon, could improve Ryan's chances, Thompson said. "Asking for a commutation acknowledges the conviction," he said.

Ryan's racketeering conviction included efforts as secretary of state to quash a probe into a highway tragedy that killed six children of the Willis family in 1994. On Tuesday, Willis family attorney Joe Power had little empathy for Ryan.

"He's had over 70 years of a good life which the Willis children have been deprived of," Power said. Power said Republicans have led the call for tougher sentencing.

"Should we give out exceptions now for Republican governors?" Power said.

Erik Ablin, Justice Department spokesman, said a pardon attorney will review the petition and forward a recommendation to the White House.

"The constitutional power lies with the president," Ablin said. "It isn't unusual for the process to take two years or more."

David Yellen, dean at Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, said Ryan might have a shot.

"It's good timing for Gov. Ryan to be asking for something like this now," Yellen said. "Presidents tend to use those powers more when they're on their way out."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: georgeryan; illinois; jimthompson; pardon; rino

1 posted on 05/28/2008 9:44:24 PM PDT by endthematrix
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To: endthematrix

Always steal enough to bribe your way out of jail .


2 posted on 05/28/2008 9:47:52 PM PDT by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it , freedom has a flavor the protected will never know)
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To: endthematrix
President Bill Clinton granted 396 pardons out of 2,001 requests and granted 61 commutations out of more than 5,400 requests......$$$$ / terrorists' vote(s), for pardons....is more like it.
3 posted on 05/28/2008 9:51:07 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (just b/c you're paranoid,doesn't mean "they" aren't out to get you..our hopes were dashed by CINOs :)
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To: endthematrix; BillyBoy
"His career is gone. His reputation is gone. His pension for the moment is gone. . . . I think everybody's interests have been served."

Huh? Doesn't even seem close.

4 posted on 05/28/2008 9:59:14 PM PDT by calcowgirl (Schwarzenegger and McCain are trying to castrate the elephant)
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To: endthematrix

There’s Global Crossing and Ullico...

Ex-Governor to Look Into Union Stock Deal
(Fox to guard chicken coop)

The board of Ullico, a union-owned insurance company, has named James R. Thompson, the former Illinois governor, to investigate the private sale of company stock that resulted in big profits for its directors.

For decades, Ullico’s stock price was set at $25, but the stock price soared after Ullico became one of the original investors in Global Crossing, investing $7.6 million. When Global Crossing shares were at their peak, Ullico’s holdings were worth $2.1 billion, almost a dozen times Ullico’s value when the company purchased the Global stock two years earlier.


Then there’s Hollinger International...

Conrad Black and three others are on trial for looting their company, Hollinger, of some $80 million; Thompson sat on the board. Here are stories from Bloomberg and the Chicago Tribune.

Thompson told jurors that because he “skimmed” Hollinger’s financial statements while running the company’s audit committee he didn’t notice the questionable payments he approved. “I should have read them word for word. I didn’t,”


5 posted on 05/28/2008 10:05:34 PM PDT by endthematrix (Now that we use our corn for fuel, when do we eat coal for dinner?)
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To: endthematrix

This is the same bastard who cleared death row. Let him live in the general pop. with some of the people he commuted until he’s 80. Mutherf#cker.


6 posted on 05/28/2008 10:18:08 PM PDT by MovementConservative (John Roberts and Sam Alito.... Thank you GWB)
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To: endthematrix

Guilty.


7 posted on 05/28/2008 10:20:53 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: calcowgirl
His pension for the moment is gone.

And should stay gone. The jerk should be billed for court costs also. Ryan's actions were nothing less than a massive betrayal of the public trust.

8 posted on 05/28/2008 10:37:10 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: glorgau
... massive betrayal of the public trust.

It seems to me, if there was a single reason to have minimum sentencing laws (which I generally oppose), this would be it. Corrupt 'public servants'? Give 'em ten years minimum--no parole, no club fed.

9 posted on 05/28/2008 10:48:32 PM PDT by calcowgirl (Schwarzenegger and McCain are trying to castrate the elephant)
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To: endthematrix

No freaking way!


10 posted on 05/28/2008 10:55:18 PM PDT by BlessedBeGod
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To: calcowgirl; endthematrix; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj
Pretty sad to see former Illinois Governor "Big Jim" Thompson has become the chief Ryan apologist in Illinois. Sure, Big Jim's always been a RINO, but now he's become the very thing got elected to STOP in the 70s: A smarmy liberal Chicago lawyer who defends sleazy corrupt politicians all day.

I could see commuting the old geezer's sentence in George Ryan truly showed remorse for his actions and broke down in shame. However, Lyin' Ryan remains as unrepentant and arrogant as ever for selling driver's licenses to illegal aliens for bribes. Amazingly, the scumbag even asked the judge to take into account his "service" as a politician to Illinois. It's a good thing the judge based the sentence solely on Ryan's crimes and not his "service" in bankrupting Illinois and freeing every murderer he could find. Lyin' Ryan, like his clone Arnie in California, has done more damage to Illinois than any Democrat governor could dream of.

I hope Bush doesn't seriously considering pardoning this creep in Jan. 2009. Remember GWB, this is the guy who was supposed to "deliver" Illinois to you and instead got the liberal media to attack you for the death penalty. Some "friend"!

11 posted on 05/28/2008 11:12:38 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Dems fight, we win! Support Operation Chaos! Recreate '68.)
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To: BlessedBeGod

In 1994, Rev. Duane "Scott" Willis and wife Janet had six of their nine children die in a fiery crash when a chunk of metal fell from a truck, striking the family's Plymouth Grand Voyager and rupturing the gas tank. The trucker was an unqualified driver (illegal alien) who received his commercial license by bribing an official in then-Secretary of State Ryan's office.

12 posted on 05/28/2008 11:14:54 PM PDT by endthematrix (Now that we use our corn for fuel, when do we eat coal for dinner?)
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To: BillyBoy
The fact that he was a politician should've seen his sentence doubled.
13 posted on 05/28/2008 11:15:53 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

14 posted on 05/28/2008 11:21:27 PM PDT by endthematrix (Now that we use our corn for fuel, when do we eat coal for dinner?)
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To: endthematrix; calcowgirl

Oh, I almost forgot.

George Ryan Electoral History

1998 - Illinois Governor
George Ryan (R) 51% - ELECTED
Glenn Poshard (D) 47.5%
Lawrence Redmond (Reform) 1.5%

1994 - Illinois Secretary of State
George Ryan (R) 61.5% - ELECTED
Patrick Quinn (D) 38.5%

1990 - Illinois Secretary of State
George Ryan (R) 53.5% - ELECTED
Jerry Cosentino (D) 46.5%


George Ryan had an “R” to his name on the ballot and he was ELECTABLE in Illinois. According to some, that’s the only thing that matters, right? Where’s the “vote RINO” crowd to tell us how much “better” things are thanks to Ryan winning? Imagine what would have happened if “the Democrats” had won those elections!


15 posted on 05/28/2008 11:25:33 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Dems fight, we win! Support Operation Chaos! Recreate '68.)
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To: BillyBoy
Imagine what would have happened if “the Democrats” had won those elections!

In 1998, I liked Poshard far more than Ryan. It was obvious at the time that Ryan was a bum.

16 posted on 05/28/2008 11:37:44 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: BillyBoy
George Ryan had an “R” to his name on the ballot and he was ELECTABLE in Illinois. According to some, that’s the only thing that matters, right?

Yes. The differences are stark and clear. ;-)


17 posted on 05/28/2008 11:46:22 PM PDT by calcowgirl (Schwarzenegger and McCain are trying to castrate the elephant)
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To: glorgau

Poshard turned out to not be such a prize either after his plagarism was revealed.


18 posted on 05/28/2008 11:51:21 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: BillyBoy
"Imagine what would have happened if “the Democrats” had won those elections!

Same as we have now...Rod and Rezko!

19 posted on 05/29/2008 12:49:57 AM PDT by endthematrix (Now that we use our corn for fuel, when do we eat coal for dinner?)
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To: endthematrix

The families of the victims of those that you took off Death Row want you to rot in hell,Mr Ryan.


20 posted on 05/29/2008 2:40:45 AM PDT by SayNoToDems
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To: endthematrix
"Presidents tend to use those powers more when they're on their way out."

No fooling,Mr Yellin?

21 posted on 05/29/2008 2:44:55 AM PDT by SayNoToDems (Will the dancing Hitlers please wait in the wings? We're only seeing singing Hitlers.)
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To: BillyBoy

I was just 15 in 98 and didn’t know what scum Ryan was (except for his anti-gun record) but where it held today Poshard/Ryan would be the time I’d vote for a rat.


22 posted on 05/29/2008 3:37:45 AM PDT by Impy (Hey Media, where are the tears for Mary Jo Kopechne?)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Poshard turned out to not be such a prize either after his plagarism was revealed.

Given that, history has proven that he can still get a national holiday named after himself. ;-)

23 posted on 05/29/2008 5:58:13 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: endthematrix

Let him rot in jail.


24 posted on 05/29/2008 6:01:51 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Average White Conservative)
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To: glorgau

He ain’t the right color. *cough*


25 posted on 05/29/2008 4:24:15 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: kbennkc

26 posted on 11/26/2008 7:21:36 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: BillyBoy

yeah - Hot Rod working out so well


27 posted on 11/26/2008 7:24:56 AM PST by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: Hegewisch Dupa
Ummmm... Rod wasn't running against George Ryan (and if he had been, even Rod isn't as bad as ol' George)

George Ryan's Dem opponent for Governor was Glenn Poshard. Would Poshard have done a better job than Ryan? HELL Yes!

28 posted on 11/26/2008 2:15:42 PM PST by BillyBoy (Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: chicagolady; TheEaglehasLanded; TheRightGuy; PhilCollins; KeyLargo; Condor51; spintreebob; ...
KeyLargo and Hegewisch Dupa's update on this old thread reminds me... we NEED to start writing and calling President Bush to urge him NOT to pardon to ol' Lyin' Ryan. DICK Durbin (D) announced this week that he will be joining Big Jim Thompson (RINO) in asking for a pardon.

Bear in mind that the filthy corrupt scumbag George Ryan has only 1 year (thus far) of his 6 1/2 sentence. He's in his early 70s but in relatively good health. What people seem to forget is that Ryan remains as DEFIANT and UNREPENTANT at ever, insisting that he had nothing to do with the 9+ deaths (including the six Willis children) that occurred in highway accidents due to him awarding driver's licenses to unqualified illegal aliens, and continues to claim he was railroaded and had no idea that everyone under him was handing out illegal licenses and funneling the bribe money to him.

WORSE, George Ryan is so incredibly ARROGANT that he thinks the justice system should take into account his "record" as Governor and free him based on his years of "public service" to Illinois. What service? Passing the biggest "fee" increase in state history after lying during the campaign and saying "no new taxes"? Passing the biggest pork barrel spending orgy in state history ("Illinois FIRST") after lying during the campaign and saying he would "keep a tight lid on spending"? Appointing Jesse Jackson to run the state's "Kidcare" program? Going on a taxpayer funded trip to Cuba and sucking up to Fidel Castro (in defiance of the U.S. Constitution clearly barring states from engaging in foreign trade agreements without consent of Congress)? Going to the Mexican border with Gray Davis to meet Vicente Fox and support his citizens invading our country? Vetoing the bipartisan bill to end taxpayer funding of abortion on demand? Holding the state legislature hostage in "special session" until they passed "reasonable" gun control measures? Or his pardon of all 156 murderers on Illinois death row?

Even though George Ryan is one the worst RINOs in modern history and a favorite celeb cause of the left, I have little doubt if he were pardoned, the media outside Illinois would report it as Bush "helping out his criminal Republican buddies" and doing it as "payback" for George Ryan's token "endorsement" of Bush for President back in 2000. Plus as soon as George got out, the left would take him under their wing and try to "salvage" poor George who's been left "improvised" and "broken" by "the system" ("they sought to silence him for speaking the truth!"), and make him a highly paid celebrity speaker on some international "America is racist and must abolish the death penalty" tour

George Ryan is a first class, unremorseful arrogant SOB who thinks Illinoisans owe him. This scum needs to stay behind bars and serve out his sentence as an example to the world of what happens to corrupt lying politicians -- advanced age or not.

I'll start a vanity thread in December alerting freepers to the potential Ryan pardon. Bush better keep him behind bars on Jan. 20, 2009.

29 posted on 11/26/2008 2:45:10 PM PST by BillyBoy (Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: BillyBoy

Typo... meant to say he’s only SERVED one year of his 6 1/2 year sentence. He still has 5 1/2 years to go.


30 posted on 11/26/2008 2:51:18 PM PST by BillyBoy (Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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