Thursday, December 11, 2008

Open letter to James R. Thompson, former governor of Illinois

Dear Mr. Thompson,

Your efforts (and those of Senator Durbin and Governor Blagojevich) to obtain an early release from prison for George Ryan are in direct opposition to the good of the state of Illinois and the will of its people. They reinforce Illinois' reputation as a state governed by corrupt politicians.

I recognize that Mr. Ryan, even in prison, has a right to legal representation, and he is entitled to hope for and ask for clemency. However, justice does not demand or even suggest that it be granted or supported by any citizen. Clemency in his case would not be clemency but indulgence, privilege, and injustice.

Official misconduct should be prosecuted and punished to the full extent of the law. Or do You disagree?

The campaign to release George Ryan is badly misguided, and I encourage You to abandon it, for the good of the state You once served in an official capacity.


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