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January 18, 2003
Re "After Blanket Clemency, Illinois Struggles to Assess Its Effects," Jan. 13: In all the coverage of former Illinois Gov. George Ryan's historic actions on the death penalty, nearly every report has failed to emphasize that the 167 death sentences were commuted to a life sentence without possibility of parole. Death row was "emptied," yes -- but maximum security was not. With LWOP (life without parole), society is quietly and effectively protected from convicted killers, with no politician having the power to pick who lives and who dies.
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."
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.
January 12, 2003 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
Gov. George Ryan's bold decision to grant clemency to all 167 inmates on Illinois' death row will intensify scrutiny of whether capital punishment is administered fairly in the United States. Some observers Saturday predicted an immediate backlash could solidify supporters of the death penalty, but in the long term, most expected heightened chances for reforms. "Gov.
November 8, 2002 | Eric Slater, Times Staff Writer
When the death penalty finally had a name, Andrew Kokoraleis, and a face, squared-jawed and olive-skinned, George Ryan's nearly three decades of preparation deserted him. The Illinois governor had been in politics most of his adult life, and as a legislator had voted to reinstate capital punishment.
March 21, 2006 | P.J. Huffstutter, Times Staff Writer
In the buildup to today's Republican primary election for governor in Illinois, it has been all but impossible to ignore the campaign bluster over the George H. Ryan factor. Judy Baar Topinka, the state treasurer and onetime leader of the Illinois Republican Party, is leading the polls in the five-way fight and is seen as the party's best chance to unseat incumbent Democrat Rod Blagojevich.
March 14, 2011
Illinois last week became the latest state to stop committing what in some cases may amount to government-sponsored murder. California should be next. More than a dozen people have been wrongly sent to death row in Illinois since 1977, a record that prompted then-Gov. George Ryan to impose a capital punishment moratorium in 2000. Last week it became permanent when Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill banning the practice; at the same time, he commuted the sentences of 15 death row inmates to life without the possibility of parole.
July 15, 1990 | TIM LAYDEN, NEWSDAY
On the June day after Nolan Ryan, a 43-year-old adult, pitched his sixth no-hitter, Mark Spitz, a 40-year-old adult, made the customary 10-minute walk from his home in Westwood to the outdoor pool at UCLA. He footed it up one hill, traversed a tony suburban neighborhood, stuttered down a steep incline to the gate, and then, under a splendorous California sky, slipped backward two decades in time.
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