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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Ryan holdem

The U.S. v. George Ryan corruption trial is in it's seventh week. I bet George Ryan's heart just sank when he heard testimony against him by his trusted bodyguard of ten years:

Ryan visited casinos in Illinois, Iowa and Indiana as many as six times a month, gambling as much as $300 a week at craps and blackjack, always in cash. (CBS2 Ryan Blog: Ryan's Gambling Habits Come Up At Trial.)

I had no idea. This must have been a well kept secret. At least as far as outsiders go. Although, it would be no surprise to learn that some pols and pundits already knew about it.

Somewhere in the back of my mind, I have a vague recollection that Secret Service agents can't be compelled to testify against presidents and vice presidents they guard. Or maybe that's just a myth. In any event, that rule apparently doesn't apply to state troopers in Illinois.

Posted by Marie at November 10, 2005 9:22 PM


The issue of whether Secret Service agents can be compelled to testify came up during the whole Clinton-Lewinsky caper. Ken Starr wanted the agents guarding Clinton to testify before his grand jury; the Justice Department and Secret Service invoked a "protective-function privilege" to keep the agents away from the grand jury; the courts ruled the agents were required to testify, and they did.

Posted by: Dan at November 11, 2005 2:23 PM