Thursday, February 09, 2006

Light at the End of the Tunnel

It looks like, after about five months, the long-lasting trial of former Governor George Ryan may actually be coming to a close. In discussing scheduling issues, Webb again declined to show his hand about calling his client to the stand to testify. But in so doing, he inferred that the witness list may be getting shorter. From CBS-2:

(AP) CHICAGO George Ryan may take the witness stand in his own defense as early as next week, the former governor's defense attorney told his racketeering and fraud trial Thursday.

"I will make the decision at the time," defense attorney Dan K. Webb told U.S. District Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer, leaving himself the option of keeping Ryan off the witness stand.

Webb also said as the trial headed toward the end of its 19th week that if Ryan and co-defendant Larry Warner take the witness stand, they would be the final defense witnesses.

Pallmeyer told jurors that the long trial is coming to an end and that she would not be drawing up a work schedule for the month of March because one might not be needed.

If Ryan were convicted, he might face a stiffer sentence if prosecutors could prove to Pallmeyer that he lied under oath while on the stand.
The issue of character witnesses also continues to play itself out.* The defense would like to score some points as the result of Ryan's death penalty work, but the prosecution has been quick to remind them that character witnesses are a two-way street.
Prosecutors said Wednesday that if Ryan's defense team uses their character witnesses to slip in testimony about the death penalty, the government should be able to tell jurors about the November 1994 Wisconsin expressway disaster that killed six children.
*Don't be surprised if at least one sitting legislator takes the stand in this case. (No, not me. I said what I had to say on this issue here.)


At February 9, 2006 at 4:21 PM, Anonymous southernilrepub said...

Mr. Daniels would be my guess. Of course could be wrong. It is my hope that Ryan will be convicted so that way the IL Repubs can move on from the "IL culture of corruption" that plagues both sides of the aisle.

Waiting patiently for the 2nd Amendment talk.

At February 10, 2006 at 9:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think that Daniels would dare be called by the defense as a character witness. I do think that I know who Fritchey is talking about though. Rep., if we guess correctly, will you tell us?

At February 10, 2006 at 9:29 AM, Blogger Hon. John Fritchey said...

I will tell you that it's not Rep. Daniels that I was referring to. Other than that, you're on your own.

Southern, I will get to the gun stuff soon. Trying to figure out the best way to lay out the issue. I appreciate your patience.


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