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Lawyer: George Ryan received no special treatment

Jan 31, 2013 -- 12:27pm


George Ryan's lawyer says prison officials didn't cut his client a break because he's a former Illinois governor when they let him serve the rest of his sentence at home. Ryan left an Indiana prison yesterday after serving more than five years for corruption. He stopped briefly at a Chicago halfway house before he was told he could travel home to Kankakee. Attorney Jim Thompson says the U.S. Bureau of Prisons "is tough" and doesn't "play favorites. He noted officials didn't grant all of Ryan's requests to get out of prison to see his wife before she died in 2011. He wasn't allowed to attend her funeral. Thompson says that if Ryan got special treatment, then, "Why wasn't he allowed more visiting to his dying wife?"


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