Convicted felon (and former Illinois governor) George Ryan wants a pass out of the pen to visit his dying wife. This is just the latest request of Ryan, whose endemic corruption while in office cost lives, squandered the public treasury, and violated the public trust. Ryan, who was oh so slow to admit any responsibility for his misdeeds, has pleaded unsuccessfully for clemency from two presidents. Now this latest effort.
Make no mistake, I feel sympathy for his wife. But Ryan is a crook and should receive no special treatment. Isn’t justice supposed to be blind? Of course the situation is heart-breaking and tragic. What con wouldn’t want to get out, even for 24 hours? But as they say, don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.