I don't see any reason to be outraged at the two-hour hospital visit. Most non-violent offenders will be allowed to leave prison temporarily to visit the deathbed of a loved one or attend a funeral. Sometimes the prisoner or their family will be required to pay for expense of transporting them where they need to go. George Ryan was driven several hours to where his wife is in the hospital. It's not necessarily preferential treatment or a sign of leniency. It's a routine request.
I'm not naïve. These requests might be granted more readily in high-profile cases. But it doesn't really have anything to do with his crimes, his conviction or his sentence. It's not like he was released indefinitely or allowed to spend days or weeks with his family, although his lawyers asked the court for a longer release. His request was denied.
Is the former governor getting special treatment? Not on this issue, but I'm sure it's not over yet.
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