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November 1, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Saying it is time for former Gov. George H. Ryan to start his prison sentence, a federal appeals court in Chicago denied his request to remain free while he challenges his conviction on corruption charges. Ryan and codefendant Lawrence E. Warner, who have been free on bond since being convicted in April 2006, were ordered to start serving their federal prison sentences Wednesday.
May 22, 2002 | From Associated Press
A close friend of Gov. George Ryan was indicted Tuesday on charges of shaking down state vendors for $2.8 million and sharing the cash with a powerful lobbyist and an unidentified state official. "For the better part of a decade, when it came to contracts and leases with the secretary of state's office, the fix was in," U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald told the media. He said the "fixer" was Lawrence Warner, 62, a longtime friend of the governor.
September 7, 2006 | P.J. Huffstutter, Times Staff Writer
Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan, who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize after placing a moratorium on executions, was sentenced Wednesday to 6 1/2 years in prison for his part in a widespread corruption scandal. Before hearing the sentence, Ryan acknowledged that he had failed the public and his family, and that his poor health could mean he would die behind bars.
January 14, 2003
Re "Illinois Governor Commutes All Death Row Cases," Jan. 12: Hooray for Gov. George Ryan! When appeals came to him, he read all of the court records and he interviewed the prosecutors, the defense attorneys and the police who were involved. He agonized, he prayed and, in the end, he found the system so flawed that he could not bring himself to condemn anyone on death row. The only part of the system that worked in Illinois was Gov. Ryan. The death row inmates who were previously found to be innocent and were released were not discovered by prosecutors, police or appeals courts but by college students and others outside the system.
Illinois Gov. George Ryan, hobbled by a years-old bribery scandal, announced Wednesday he would not seek a second term, a move that state Republican leaders hope will help their chances of keeping control of governorships nationwide in the next few years.
November 18, 2006 | P.J. Huffstutter, Times Staff Writer
Standing before a crowded auditorium Friday at DePaul University, former Illinois Gov. George Ryan shook hands with Madison Hobley -- a death row prisoner exonerated by the Republican leader in 2003. But while Hobley is now a free man, Ryan is heading to prison. In January, he is scheduled to begin a 6 1/2 year federal term for his part in a corruption scandal. "People say that the death penalty deters crime," said Ryan, 72. "I don't believe that. And I don't believe most people believe that."
Illinois Gov. George Ryan said he is considering whether to commute the sentences of all 163 inmates on the state's death row. The moderate Republican acknowledged the possibility during a recent symposium, a disclosure that adds to this state's roiling debate over the death penalty. It comes as an Illinois commission he appointed is poised to release recommendations on what to do about the state's death penalty. The 68-year-old governor imposed a moratorium on executions in January 2000.
September 29, 2005 | P.J. Huffstutter, Times Staff Writer
Former Illinois Gov. George H. Ryan's corruption trial got underway Wednesday, with federal prosecutors painting him as an arrogant politician who lived extravagantly and blithely doled out millions of taxpayer dollars to his friends and family. "George Ryan lived large ... and the money flowed," Assistant U.S. Atty. Zachary Fardon told the jury during his 90-minute opening statement. "This is a case about betrayal of the public trust."
October 26, 2007 | P.J. Huffstutter, Times Staff Writer
A federal appellate court Thursday refused to rehear an appeal of the fraud and corruption conviction of George H. Ryan, a legal blow that has the former Illinois governor set to start serving a 6 1/2-year prison sentence. His attorneys, claiming the jury process was flawed, began the process of petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case. They said their immediate concern was to keep the 73-year-old free on bail.
August 22, 2007 | P.J. Huffstutter, Times Staff Writer
A federal appellate court Tuesday upheld the fraud and corruption conviction of George H. Ryan, a legal blow that puts the former Illinois governor one step closer to serving the 6 1/2 -year prison sentence for his role in a widespread corruption scandal. While his attorneys scrambled to file motions to appeal the 2-1 decision by the U.S.
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