01/05/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

More Congressmen Rip Ryan Clemency Push

Congresswoman-elect Debbie Halvorson (D-Crete) and U.S. Reps. Judy Biggert (R-13th) and Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-2nd) said they oppose commuting former Gov. George Ryan's prison sentence.

Ryan is a year into a 6 1 / 2 -year sentence on federal corruption charges. After Ryan's wife pleaded with him to help her husband, Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin wrote to President Bush to ask him to let Ryan go free. Durbin has acknowledged an "overwhelmingly negative" outcry against clemency for Ryan.

Biggert spokesman Zachary Cikanek said his boss has "no intention of adding her name to those requesting a pardon or commutation for the former governor."

"Congresswoman Biggert believes that presidential pardons or commutations are appropriate in instances where there has been a miscarriage of justice, and the facts do not support that conclusion in this case," he said.

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