Friday, September 08, 2006

And Dat's Da Name O' Dat Tune

Illinois' Ex-Governor/Criminal-In-Chief, George Ryan, was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison for corruption. Thank God. What a crum.

According to the Sun-Times:
"Ryan was convicted in April of steering contracts and leases to his pals, including Warner, while taking gifts, vacations and cash in return."

Then, here's the thing that gets me. It's what his lawyer says as they all beg the judge to be lenient.

"Ryan's lawyer Dan Webb highlighted Ryan's accomplishments as governor, including his 2003 decision to clear Death Row. Webb at times hung on the edge of tears, his voice cracking as he asked Pallmeyer [the judge] to punish his client but allow "George a few years with his family before he dies."

Allow him a few years with his family before he dies? A FEW YEARS?!!! What kind of argument is that?

What, old people now have a license to commit all kinds of crimes because to put them behind bars would deprive them of seeing their family? I would say only in Chicago, but unfortunately I'm sure this goes on everywhere.

I always knew you couldn't punish someone too harshly if they were too young. Which is, of course, wrong. Now there are those arguing you can't punish someone too harshly for being too old?

Okay, so if you are older than age 18 and younger than age 70, you better toe the line. For everyone else it's a free-for-all?

Thank God the judge didn't buy the argument. But nice try.

Ryan's problem was he didn't watch enough Baretta.

"You know, Fred, if you can't do da time, don't do da crime."

My point exactly.

And by the way, Mr. Ryan. You are not allowed to try to play the sympathy card. NO ONE feels sorry for your 72 year old diabetic carcass going to prison. Especially those families who lost loved ones at the hands of your corruption.


  1. Not only can you not be too old for jail, you can also be too short.

    I'm not sure whether Beretta followed his own advice, Scottius, although he was only convicted in the civil trial.

    If you're disgusted by Ryan, you would have loved a couple of winners we had up here recently. You've inspired me to blog about them!

  2. Barb!

    I'm looking forward to your posts!

    Baretta was on trial? Must have missed that episode.