George Ryan sentencing - UPDATE: RYAN SPEAKS AT HEARING - GIVEN 78 MONTHS
Wednesday, Sep 6, 2006
Here’s a special news feed for the latest George Ryan news. I’ll also post other updates as I see them. The hearing starts at 1pm, so check this space.
UPDATE: I’m told that Jim Thompson just walked into the federal building with George Ryan. Thompson’s firm represented Ryan pro bono.
UPDATE 3: CBS2 has a story up about what to expect at the sentencing.
UPDATE 4:E-mail message from a reporter on the scene: “Thompson actually snuck George into the Dirksen building, so we couldn’t photograph them coming in.”
UPDATE 5: Convictions on counts 9 and 10 have been tossed by the judge. The rest of the counts stand, according to WBBM radio. The station also reported that the crowd started gathering at 8:30 this morning.
UPDATE 6: From the jury instructions, here is what those two counts were:
…Count 9 of the Indictment, in which the defendant LAWRENCE E. WARNER is charged with, as part of the mail fraud scheme described in Count 2, an April 13, 1999 mailing related to the lease of the building at 17 N. State, Chicago, Illinois […]
UPDATE 7: From a reporter at the scene:
Becky (the judge) just threw out two of the mail fraud counts against Ryan and one against Warner. But that won’t have any effect on the ultimate sentence. They’re now arguing what the financial loss was to the state. So it could be awhile.
UPDATE 8: Acccording to WBBM Radio, the judge called the Willis deaths “an unspeakable tragedy,” but she said it was not germain to the charges in the case and so she would not take that into consideration when sentencing Ryan.
UPDATE 9: I hadn’t seen this one before because NBC5 seems to hide things on its website. This is a great resource that goes all the way back to the World Trade Center scandal when Ryan was lt. governor.
One of the final chapters of the George Ryan saga will come to an end Sept. 6, when he is sentenced for his felony convictions.
Go take a look.
UPDATE 10: WBBM: Prosecutor Pat Collins is arguing for a sentence right now of between 78 and 97 months. (Scott Fawell got 78 months. Betty Loren Maltese got 97 months.)
UPDATE 11: From a reporter at the scene:
“He was not betrayed by his friends, he betrayed the public trust.” -Pat Collins
UPDATE 12: WBBM just reported that Ryan himself may speak during the hearing. I’ll believe it when I see it, but there you have it.
UPDATE 13: Defense attorney Dan Webb is now speaking. From our reporter friend at the hearing:
Webb just said Ryan had it worse than Kerner because the investigation went on longer.
UPDATE 14 (3:26 pm): According to someone in the room with a Blackberry, George Ryan is speaking now.
UPDATE 15: Ryan has been sentenced to 78 months.
UPDATE 16: Ryan said that the public expected better from them, “and I let them down.”
UPDATE 17: CBS2: In addition to the prison sentence, Ryan was ordered to pay $603,048 in restitution.
UPDATE 18: Jan. 4 surrender date. Oxford Prison.
UPDATE 19: See it live on ABC7
UPDATE 20: Court is in a brief recess. Warner will be sentenced when that’s over.
UPDATE 22: 41 months for Warner
UPDATE 23: Statement from Topinka:
“The sentence handed down today is a reminder that Rod Blagojevich had a golden opportunity to restore trust in government after George Ryan, he promised voters he would do that — and he failed miserably.
UPDATE 24: Here’s your answer about the pension:
His more than $197,000 annual pension, however, will likely soon vanish. Upon his sentencing Wednesday, state pension officials asked the state attorney general to begin the process of canceling his taxpayer-supported pension.
UPDATE 25: Oxford:
The federal judge handling his case recommended he serve his 6 1/2 year sentence in Oxford, Wis., roughly 60 miles north of Madison. That’s the same prison where former Congressman Dan Rostenkowski served his time and where several officials convicted in the Operation Greylord investigation ended up. Former insurance mogul Mickey Segal is currently imprisoned there, serving a 10-year sentence for siphoning millions from his brokerage firm to support a lavish lifestyle.