Ryan Awaits Answer On Possible Release

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — Former Gov. George Ryan should find out later Friday if he will be granted a temporary release from prison.

As CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports, there have been no updates on Lura Lynn Ryan’s condition, or whether it has changed at all since she was admitted to Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee on Wednesday morning.

She is suffering from sepsis, a blood infection that is a possible complication of her treatment for lung and liver cancer. Doctors have given her anywhere from hours to possibly a couple of weeks to live.

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Thus, an intense effort is underway to get her husband of 50 years to her bedside.

George Ryan is in a federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., where he has served half of his 6 1/2-year sentence for a 2006 corruption conviction.

Now, Ryan’s attorneys have asked the warden at the prison to release Ryan temporarily. They suggest that he be locked up in the Kankakee County Jail at night so he can spend time with his dying wife during the day.

At the same time, Ryan’s attorneys have filed an emergency motion with the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which is hearing an appeal of George Ryan’s corruption convictions, seeking a release on bail pending a hearing on his appeal.

U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer denied a request to release Ryan early last month, shortly after doctors revealed Lura Lynn might have only a few months to live.

Prosecutors today told the court that Ryan’s bail request should be denied “because Ryan has not shown that his appeal is likely to succeed.”

But as for the option of a mercy release from the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, such requests are quite frequent, and quite frequently granted.

  • Mr Voter

    keep the felon in jail, should have thought of all this before he took bribes and tryed to derail the investagation….he should be asking for time to go vist the graves of them six Willis kids….she been croaking every month, big jim leaves no lie unturned to get his snake pal out of the pokie….keep him in jail or let every prisnor out for the same, just open the prison gates…keep him in jail!
    IL. Land of Corruption………

  • Mary Brooks

    This is just another trick to get him free. If the judge lets him out, she should be kicked out of her job.

  • george

    again i will say, “this is a stone cold criminal”… if anything, we should get him a much longer stay in prison… DO NOT LET HIM OUT……

  • marycturbo

    Thus saith the LORD God creator of Heave and Earth and everything therein: Everyone desires some mercy. Even convicted criminals. Remember, the former Governor himself showed mercy to many prisoners on death row, by releasing them.

    • Sarah

      Thats because he wanted some street monkie on the jury to find him not-guilty,which almost happen thats why he showed mercy on the ones he took off death row.

  • Steve

    Yes he meessed up- big time. But have some compassion people! Where is your human hearts?? This man didn’t committ murder or rape. He’s asking for a temp release to see his wife of 50 years before she dies. This isn’t about his crimes it’s about a short furlough typically granted for instances such as this, and they are usually given to people MUCH worse then Ryan.

    Wow- shocked some of you can be so heartless.

    • marycturbo

      Amen Steve. Have a Happy New Year and B blessed.

  • marycturbo

    Everyone DESERVES a show of mercy at some point in their lives. One day it could be YOU that want mercy shown to you. Remember what the Lord God said: ” Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

  • Sarah

    Steve and Mary when you leaving town you 2 are part of the problem not only here but in this country,

  • Tom

    Keep this in mind. Just last week a Cook County man was put on probation, and only probation,. for killing another guy.

  • Pete

    Give him mercy, save the prison space for real criminals. I’m sure his spot can be filled by someone that killed 10 people or raped 10 year old Suzy next door. Bribing and corruption is part of politics people. Give it up.

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  • Mimi

    Did he ever apologize to the Willis family for ‘killing’ their children?

  • virgiiniia

    can we not find anything better to cry about?

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