Durbin: Ryan Pardon Chances Slim

By CAROL MARIN and DAVE MCKINNEY Sun-Times Staff Reporters
|  Thursday, Jul 30, 2009  |  Updated 1:44 PM CDT
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Durbin: Pardon 'Highly Unlikely' for Ryan

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George Ryan was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in federal prison. But now, his chances of getting a pardon are remote, thanks to the Blagojevich scandal.

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Durbin: Pardon 'Highly Unlikely' for Ryan

Blagojevich's arrest virtually destroyed any chance imprisoned former Gov. George Ryan had of being pardoned, according to Sen. Dick Durbin.
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Former Gov. George Ryan’s prospects of getting out of federal prison early appear to be dimming, Sen. Dick Durbin said today.

Last month, Durbin asked President Bush to set Ryan free after serving slightly more than a year of his 6 1/2-year term for corruption while governor and secretary of state.

But that possibility of an early release now appears remote because of collateral damage from Gov. Blagojevich’s Dec. 9 arrest on corruption charges, Durbin said.

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