"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

DP Abolitionist Hero Goes Down

Perhaps you remember former Governor George Ryan of Illinois? He's the guy who emptied death row in Illinois in 2003, nullifying the sentences handed down in 167 cases. No thought to whether some or all of them were factually guilty and had no defense. No thought to the years the cases had spent being vetted by appellate courts for error, with no reversible error being found. No thought, apparently, for the victims of these murderers or the victims' families, friends, or society at large, which now would face the prospect of some of these convicts serving only what remained of 40-year sentences.

Needless to say, this reckless act of self-aggrandizement made of the Republican governor an absolute darling of the left, especially the death penalty abolitionist movement. He even won a Nobel Peace Prize nomination for his efforts.

But lo and behold, the saintly Ryan was really nothing but a cheap crook during his tenure as governor and for years before. While he was opening the cell doors on death row, he was also cashing in on his position:
Ryan's time in public office was rife with corruption. He is accused of using his campaign fund as his personal piggy bank and of quashing investigations into his fund-raising practices. While Ryan was secretary of state, unqualified truckers paid bribes to underlings to get licenses, and one of those truckers was involved in a fiery crash that killed six children. Both [Patrick] Collins [the AUSA who tried the case]and Rein, [a] juror, pointed to what they thought was the closest thing to a "smoking gun." It was a December 1994 memo where Ryan right-hand man Scott Fawell told Ryan to get rid of state investigators rooting out corruption and replace them with people who wouldn't "screw" Ryan's friends.

In fact, he is more than just accused of these acts, he has been tried and convicted of them. Governor Ryan the criminal convict faces sentencing today in a federal court in Chicago.

How interesting that the same anti-death penalty crowd who lauded Ryan for helping out his fellow criminals by emptying death row, were in effect character witnesses for him at his trial and sentencing.

Did Ryan cynically use the capital punishment issue to burnish his "good guy" bona fides against the day he had to have known would soon come, when he himself would be a convict? Prosecutors are seeking 8-10 years, and his defense team is seeking 2 1/2 years or no active jail time.

Considering the harm he did to his state, cynically emptying death row to curry favor with the MSM and legal establishment, while ripping off the citizens and literally allowing children to die while trying to cover up the corruption that lead to the deaths, 8-10 seems lenient.

UPDATE: Ryan received 6 1/2 years, the judge splitting the difference between the defense request and the prosecution's request.

2 comments:

Jay Anderson said...

Tom,

You really must stop devoting the engergy of this blog toward "the love of vengeance against sinners".

/sarcasm

Tom McKenna said...

Amen, brother. I just saw the posting over there. I'm grateful for your kind words in my defense. He's obviously out to malign the character of anyone not sharing his views on the Church.