UPDATED 6:08 p.m. Jan. 10, 2011 with comment from Clay's attorney:
Last week we told you that supporters of Richard Clay asked Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon to halt Clay's execution. Well, now it seems that Nixon has granted their request.
The governor issued the following statement this afternoon:
The Chicago Tribune is reporting that former Ill. Gov. George Ryan, currently in prison, was allowed to leave prison Wednesday to visit his very ill wife, Lura Lynn.
The paper says that the visit was revealed when prosecutors filed response to a motion made by Ryan's lawyers to let their client out on bail.
A federal judge has ruled that former Illinois Gov. George Ryan must remain in prison.
Ryan's attorneys want elements of his conviction tossed based on a U.S. Supreme Court decision curtailing anti-fraud laws - known as "honest services" laws.
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