Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), joined by other politicians, has asked President George Bush to commute the sentence of former IL Governor George Ryan.  My thoughts:

To put it simply, I believe that George Ryan’s sentence should not be commuted, and that he should serve his prison sentence just like all of the non-politically-connected people who are in federal prison.  Ryan was sentenced to 6.5 years in Federal prison for a wide range of corruption-related crimes, including ones that led to innocent children’s death in the licenses-for-bribes scandal.  He has served about 1 year in prison so far.  Releasing him now, while leaving many other ordinary people in jail, would send the message that corrupt IL politicians are above the law.  It would be a slap in the face to the families of those who died due to Ryan’s corruption, and would generally be a miscarriage of justice.