Monday, April 17, 2006
Verdict Just In
Chicago Tribune | (former Republican Governor) Ryan found guilty on all counts
A federal jury convicted former Gov. George Ryan today on all charges that as secretary of state he steered state business to cronies in return for vacations, gifts and other benefits for himself and his family.Since this is the Tribune, the words "Republican" or "GOP" or "Ratfaced Bastards" are nowhere in the article -- but it's satisfying nonetheless. Let this be a sign of things to come.
Lobbyist Lawrence Warner, a close Ryan friend, was also found guilty on all charges against him in the historic trial.
On their eleventh day of deliberations, the six-woman, six-man jury found Ryan, 72, guilty on 18 counts of racketeering, mail fraud, false statements and tax violations. Warner, 67, was convicted on 12 counts of racketeering, mail fraud, extortion, money laundering and evading cash-reporting requirements.
Still busy busy busy.
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