Ryan's wife renews clemency plea

February 18, 2010 8:11:17 AM PST
Lura Lynn Ryan, the wife of imprisoned former governor George Ryan, is making another plea for his clemency. Mrs. Ryan suffers from terminal lung disease and is hoping President Barack Obama will grant her husband an early release because of her health.

And George Ryan's attorney, former Gov. Jim Thompson, says Ryan himself has health problems, including kidney disease and infected teeth.

Ryan, who was sent to a federal prison in Indiana after his 2006 conviction on corruption charges, turns 76 next Wednesday.

In a telephone interview Wednesday with the Chicago Tribune, Lura Lynn Ryan confirmed she had made a previous plea for clemency for her imprisoned husband in 2008 by calling then-President George W. Bush's mother, former first lady Barbara Bush. She said she was unsuccessful.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.