The [Wednesday] Papers
"What a horse's behind," Mark Brown writes this morning about former Gov. George Ryan, who reports to federal prison in Oxford, Wisconsin today.
Far from apologizing, Ryan still insists he has done no wrong, despite not only his conviction by jury but two federal appeals court rulings that found the evidence against him "overwhelming," and announced his intention to prove his innocence.
He's going to conduct his own search for the real killer?
Even Dan Webb and Jim Thompson haven't been able to save him - and their last appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is the thinnest of reeds, though this is a court even more wacky than the one that twisted itself into a legal corkscrew to award George W. Bush the presidency, so who knows.
"I've been fortunate to have at my disposal the finest legal team in the country in Winston & Strawn," Ryan said in a statement he read yesterday.
I guess the finest legal team in the country ain't what it used to be.
"However, there are many less fortunate with fewer means than I have still fighting for justice."
And Webb and Thompson will get right back to defending them pro bono as soon as my appeal is finally over!
"It would have been easy over the course of these years to fold under the unrelenting pressure and enter into a plea bargain that would've spared my family a lot of pain," Ryan continued. "But such a plea would just not have been truthful."
Plus, I thought maybe I could hang a jury!
"We have all been guilty of errors in judgement," Ryan said when he was inaugurated as governor in 1999, the Tribune editorial page notes. "But you can rest assured that I will do my very best to honor your trust in me. If I make a mistake, I'll tell you, and we'll try again."
"He was lying," the Tribune says. "By the time he gave that speech, Ryan had committed multiple crimes against the citizens who had given him their trust."
Including the Tribune editorial page, which endorsed Ryan despite a career filled with the kind of shenanigans that were already coming undone while the man was Secretary of State. ( See The [Ryan] Papers.)
People are who they are - and most never learn.
A) Rod Blagojevich
Shame on us, writes John Kass.
You're either with 'em or agin' 'em.
Apparently Sneed also has a clear conscience - and no sense of shame.
Ryan said he was ready to go, but forgot to add that he was fired up.
This photo of a welcome sign should have been the front page of the Sun-Times instead of buried inside.
Farrell is set to play Dean Bauer in Hell on Wheels: The George Ryan Story.
Persons of Interest
Another Innocent Man
"I mean, I could've dealt with the questions but it would've prolonged the trial and it would've confused things," Black told Bloomberg News.
Yes, better to just get your conviction over with than prolong a trial and confuse a jury about your innocence.
A) That's what we mean about a "green" mayor.
Mystery Restaurant Theater
Andrew co-owns the restaurant and is a member of the Beachwood's Mystery Debate Theater team.
And his last tasty meal for quite some time.
The Beachwood Tip Line: Mmm, banana cream pie . . .
Posted on November 7, 2007
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