Former Ill. Governor George Ryan Vows a Fight
Former Illinois Governor George Ryan pleaded not guilty today to official corruption charges and issued this statement:
....Lura Lynn and I have spent more than three decades in service to the people of Illinois. I have tried my best to be faithful to that service, and to earn the trust and support of the voters who elected me in election after election. I would not dishonor that trust by the kind of conduct the government has alleged, and I am grateful for the calls and letters that I have received from people who are standing by me.
I have retained Dan Webb, an outstanding trial lawyer and fighter, because I am not going to give up -- I will fight. I want to respond to the six years of abuse my family and I have endured as the federal government has torn apart my personal life with this intrusive and overbearing investigation. Therefore, I will not plea bargain -- I will go to trial and establish my innocence.
....I am innocent and the truth will come out in court.
Among the defects in the Government's case, according to Ryan's lawyer: There is no witness who will testify that Ryan took a bribe.
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