Ryan Pardon Plea
- As part of the ongoing campaign to win an early prison release for former Gov. George Ryan, his wife and lawyer said Wednesday that they are seeking clemency from President Barack Obama, citing the couples' declining health.
Lura Lynn Ryan, 75, who has a terminal lung disease, said that she is on oxygen 24 hours a day. While she still talks to her husband daily, "it's not like having him here," she said. "Knowing that I may have a limited time makes it harder."
Ryan, in federal prison in Indiana for more than two years, also has health problems, including kidney disease and infected teeth, his lawyer, former Gov. Jim Thompson said. Ryan, sent to prison after his 2006 conviction on corruption charges, turns 76 next Wednesday.
In any event, this becomes a political question rather than a question of mercy. Senator Dick "Dick" Durbin (D-Turban) presented the first clemency petition to President Bush in the waning days of his presidency. Bush didn't touch it, probably because he knew what a tool Ryan was.
Durbin hasn't made one move toward clemency with Obama in office, probably because it would be kind of obvious this was a quid pro quo of some sort, seeing as how he, Ryan, Obama and even Shortshanks all belong to the same Illinois cabal of dirty politics. Obama would be damaged pardoning a republican governor who sold licenses, abetted manslaughter and pretty much sold Illinois to the guys who pour concrete and tarmac.
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