Justice will not have been served if [George Ryan] is released from prison early. […]
Despite his conviction, and an appellate court decision affirming it, Ryan, as far as we know, has never admitted to breaking any laws. And in his persistent efforts on Ryan’s behalf, Thompson reveals his own reluctance to acknowledge Ryan’s guilt.
* Daily Herald…
Ryan has never recognized his conviction. […]
On the night before he went to prison, he struck a defiant pose, proclaiming his innocence and saying he would begin his sentence “with a clear conscience.” […]
To grant him special favors after all that would not only be unfair. It would invite the public’s continued cynicism about our institutions of government.
* Bernie has some background on the Ryan-Bush relationship.
* Question: Should President Bush commute George Ryan’s sentence and set him free? Explain. [Note that we’re not talking about a full pardon here, just a commutation.]