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Ex-Illinois Gov. Indicted on Corruption Charges


— December 17, 2003

Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan, nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for halting capital punishment and emptying the state’s death row, was indicted on Wednesday on corruption charges.

A federal grand jury handed up a 22-count indictment against Ryan and an associate charging racketeering conspiracy, mail fraud, tax fraud and making false statements. It came after a five-year investigation into allegations that workers under Ryan when he was secretary of state sold driver’s licenses for bribes to fill his campaign chest.

Read all about it here from the AP via FindLaw.com. (And I called Gov. Ryan a “hero” for commuting the sentences in earlier posts here and here . . . .)


Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan, nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for halting capital punishment and emptying the state’s death row, was indicted on Wednesday on corruption charges.

A federal grand jury handed up a 22-count indictment against Ryan and an associate charging racketeering conspiracy, mail fraud, tax fraud and making false statements. It came after a five-year investigation into allegations that workers under Ryan when he was secretary of state sold driver’s licenses for bribes to fill his campaign chest.

Read all about it here from the AP via FindLaw.com. (And I called Gov. Ryan a “hero” for commuting the sentences in earlier posts here and here . . . .)

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