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-- Micah 6:8

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--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Friday, February 02, 2007

Felon Peace Prize Nominee

If you didn't already know it, the Nobel Peace Prize has frequently become an award for conspicuous service against the interests of the United States. Notable past nominees include Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, and Yasser Arafat.

Now not only does the award routinely go out to international criminals and thugs, it goes out to our domestic criminals. The criminal in question is convicted felon George Ryan, the former governor of Illinois. As I documented here, Ryan's claim to infamy was that he literally emptied out Illinois' death row, commuting the death sentences of all 167 inmates awaiting execution, without regard to the strength of the cases, the evidence, the wishes of the victims or the police and prosecutors.

Here's the low down on this Nobel Peace Prize nominee:
Late in the 1990s, two young federal prosecutors in Chicago prepared a two-page memo that outlined allegations of corruption in the office of George Ryan, then the Illinois secretary of state. The prosecutors had evidence that unqualified truckers were bribing Ryan's employees to obtain driver's licenses. Just as bad, somebody on Ryan's staff had thwarted an internal investigation of these dangerous criminal acts.The memo prompted piercing questions about a horror that had occurred on Election Day 1994. That was the day Rev. Duane "Scott" Willis and his wife, Janet, voted--their church was the polling place--before driving to Wisconsin with most of their family to visit one of their sons. For Illinois secretary of state, both Willises selected George Ryan.Later that day, on a Milwaukee expressway, an accident that involved one of those illicit truckers incinerated six Willis children. Ryan would later insist--angrily and often--that the trucker, Ricardo Guzman, had been legally licensed. No problem here in Illinois. In 1998, George Ryan was elected governor of Illinois on the strength of that lie about the Willis case. An internal memo later established that, just eight days after the Willis tragedy, at least four officials in Ryan's office were aware that "there is a strong possibility that this individual obtained his [commercial driver's license] illegally." Elsewhere at least three other people died in crashes involving truckers improperly licensed by Ryan's staff.That 1998 campaign for the job Ryan coveted set the pattern: To distance himself from the immolation of the Willis children, Ryan concocted the strategy of deflection, denial and dishonesty that today rests in ruin. The conviction Monday of the disgraced former governor on all counts certifies him as a federal felon.That verdict of guilt in U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer's wood-paneled courtroom puts Ryan squarely at the cold heart of a corruption scandal with a death toll."Ryan is charged with betraying the citizens of Illinois for over a decade on state business, both large and small. By giving friends free rein over state employees and state business to make profits--and by steering those profits to his friends and, at times, his family--defendant Ryan sold his office."--U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald of Chicago on Dec. 17, 2003, the date of Ryan's indictment.

Nevertheless, despite Ryan being thrown into prison for six and one-half years for his deadly negligence and corruption, the abolitionist left views him as a hero for emptying death row.

It shows you where their values are.

3 comments:

Donald R. McClarey said...

This madness was instigated by my former instructor in International Law at the University of Illinois, Professor Francis Boyle. Boyle has always had a predilection for left wing causes, google Boyle and Israel or Boyle and Israel to see how far out he is. That he is a big supporter of George Ryan, public thief and convicted felon, underlines how much of the far left in this country, especially that portion safely tenured in academia, is motivated by an end justifies the means morality.

Donald R. McClarey said...

"or Boyle and Israel" should have been Boyle and Libya. Boyle has long been a fan of Qaddafi.

AustinDefense said...

You know it's not just nominees. Nelson Mandela actually won the Peace Prize, and he had spent decades in prison.

What a joke.