Sunday, October 28, 2007
With the Seventh Circuit affirming his conviction (see here), former Illinois Governor George Ryan has been ordered to report to prison. The date for him to start serving his 6 1/2 year sentence is November 7th. (see here and here). Ryan has had the benefit of remaining free pending his appeal. Some white collar individuals have had this luxury (e.g., Bernie Ebbers). while others have not ( e.g., Bill Campbell, Jeffrey Skilling). It certainly was justified to have Ryan free pending the appeal as his issues were strong (after the fact we can confirm this as he secured three dissenters) and he certainly was not a flight risk or an individual who would cause harm. At 73 years of age, Ryan had a strong position of securing bail pending the appeal. But bail post appeal, that may be a lot more difficult.