Tuesday, May 19, 2009
The Chicago Daily Herald and Sun Times report former Gov. James R. Thompson (R) will continue his effort to have former Gov. George Ryan (R) released from prison. Perhaps unaware that President Obama is among the slowest presidents in history to exercise the pardon power, Thompson says he is going to give the President some time (perhaps 7 months) to deal with other things before filing a second petition for a commutation of Ryan's six and a half-year sentence. Ryan has almost served two years. Thompson confidently blames the indictment of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) for the failure of the commutation petition that he filed during the final days of the Bush administration. See story here and here.