Jim Ryan Sorry, But Should We Forgive Him?
By Prescott Carlson in News on Nov 13, 2009 10:20PM
Photo via Jim Ryan's website
Cruz, in a phone interview with the Sun-Times, thinks Ryan's blanket statement isn't enough, and he thinks if Ryan is sincere he should offer to meet with Cruz to discuss "reforming the justice system in Illinois" and maybe even hiring him as an adviser:
“An apology does not undue 12 years of suffering and torture,” Cruz said. “I am taken by the fact he manned up this far, even though he did not come out directly and say, ‘I apologize to you, Rolando Cruz,’ I would like for him to talk to me. This comes 14 years and nine days after my release.”
Rob Warden, director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law, was a little more critical of Ryan's apology, telling the Sun-Times:
"This is disingenuous, he’s making this for some political reason. I think he realizes he can’t be elected governor unless he apologizes. He is no more sincere than Dugan. I don’t mean to equate what Ryan did with what Dugan did because Dugan committed three murders, Ryan only committed three attempted murders: Rolando Cruz; Alejandro Hernandez and Stephen Buckley. I think he should pull out of the race and turn his campaign fund into a benevolent fund for Cruz, Hernandez and Buckley."
Warden, along with Eric Zorn and other journalists and activists, have extensively reviewed the Nicarico evidence over the years and they all concluded that the DuPage County prosecutor's office "cynically botched the prosecution of Cruz and Hernandez."
But there is one person speaking positively about Ryan's apology -- Gov. Pat Quinn. Quinn says he "respects" Ryan for admitting mistakes and that it was the "right thing to do."