When Gov. George Ryan commuted all the death sentences for those on Illinois's Death Row, some wondered if it was a desperate bid by a corrupt politician to grab a little glory. Based on this New York Times story, they were right to wonder.
Ex-Governor of Illinois Is Convicted on All Charges
CHICAGO, April 17 — George Ryan, the former governor of Illinois who drew international notice by emptying his state's death row, was convicted today of all charges brought against him in a sweeping federal corruption case.
So, he was corrupt, after all, but they still work his opposition to the death penalty into the lede.