Former Illinois governor heads to prison on corruption charges Brett Murphy at 10:37 AM ET
[JURIST] Former Illinois Governor George Ryan [JURIST news archive] headed to federal prison Wednesday morning to serve a 6 1/2-year sentence [JURIST report] on corruption charges after the US Supreme Court on Tuesday denied [AP report] Ryan's request to remain free on bail while he appeals his conviction, affirming the decision [PDF text; JURIST report] of the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Ryan made the 255-mile journey to the correctional facility in Wisconsin with his family and with what he describes as a "clear conscience," once again asserting his innocence on all charges.
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