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Fitzgerald Stays Out of George Ryan Debate

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U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald won’t say publicly what he thinks about some politicians’ calls to free George Ryan from prison. Fitzgerald’s office prosecuted the corruption case against the former Illinois governor.

FITZGERALD: The way the system is set up, if the White House or the Justice Department asks a U.S. Attorney’s office for their opinion, we’ll give them our candid opinion privately, but we’re not going to opine publicly.

After Ryan’s conviction, Fitzgerald referred to the former governor’s misdeeds as “a low-water mark for public service.” In recent weeks, several high-ranking Illinois politicians have called for President Bush to commute Ryan’s six-and-a-half year sentence.

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