Last updated on: 11/10/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

George Ryan Biography

Title:
Former Governor of Illinois
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
Reasoning:

“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

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
Education:
  • Attended, Ferris State College of Pharmacy
Other:
  • Mr. Ryan is serving a 6-1/2 year sentence for corruption since Nov. 7, 2007.
Quoted in:
  1. Is the Death Penalty Immoral?
  2. Should the Death Penalty Be Abolished or Paused Because of the Alleged Possibility of an Innocent Person Being Executed?