Monday, April 17, 2006
Ryan Guilty On All Counts
A federal jury convicted former Gov. George Ryan today on all charges that as secretary of state he steered state business to cronies in return for vacations, gifts and other benefits for himself and his family.Nice to see. At least a dozen deaths resulted from corruption in the Secetary of State's office which he encouraged and covered up. He deserves a long sentence, but as he's 72, I don't expect he'll get one.
Lobbyist Lawrence Warner, a close Ryan friend, was also found guilty on all charges against him in the historic trial.
On their eleventh day of deliberations, the six-woman, six-man jury found Ryan, 72, guilty on 18 counts of racketeering, mail fraud, false statements and tax violations. Warner, 67, was convicted on 12 counts of racketeering, mail fraud, extortion, money laundering and evading cash-reporting requirements.