Satisfactory conclusion to a sad political downfall
George Ryan served more than 5 years in prison on corruption charges – the longest sentence so far by a corrupt ex-governor of Illinois. Ryan’s powerful friends tried but failed to free him early. Rod Blagojevich, take note.
George Ryan did the crime, and he did the time – more than 5 years behind bars – despite the determined efforts of friends in high places who tried to have Illinois’ former governor released early.
Illinoisans who believe corrupt politicians should be duly punished for their crimes can take satisfaction that justice was served.
Ryan, 78, Illinois’ governor from 1999 to 2003, was convicted of corruption charges in 2006 and sentenced to 61/2 years in federal prison. He entered prison on Nov. 7, 2007.
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