- Former Governor of Illinois
- Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
“Because our three year study has found only more questions about the fairness of the sentencing; because of the spectacular failure to reform the system; because we have seen justice delayed for countless death row inmates with potentially meritorious claims; because the Illinois death penalty system is arbitrary and capricious – and therefore immoral – I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death…
Because of all of these reasons today I am commuting the sentences of all death row inmates. This is a blanket commutation.”
Speech given at Northwestern University College of Law, Jan. 11, 2003
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Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to death penalty issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to death penalty issues.
- Involvement and Affiliations:
- Governor of Illinois, 1999-2003
- Secretary of State, Illinois, 1991-1999
- Lieutenant Governor, Illinois, 1983-1991
- State Representative, Illinois House, 1972-1983
- Chairman, Kankakee County Board, 1968-1973
- Attended, Ferris State College of Pharmacy
- Mr. Ryan is serving a 6-1/2 year sentence for corruption since Nov. 7, 2007.
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