We are sure everyone was surprised and delighted when Ex-Governor George Ryan acknowledged Stanley’s innocence and rightfully pardoned him along with three other Death Row 10 members, January 10th 2003. But as we all know, the pardon turned out to be bitter sweet because Ryan decided not to release him with the other members. Ryan declared in his pardon speech, that he would’ve freed Stanley had his attorney filed a clemency petition on the other conviction, and strongly urged investigators to examine the other case because it appears to be as tainted as his murder conviction.
We (Stanley’s family, friends and supporters) are petitioning the State’s Attorney and the Governor to give Stanley Time Considered Served, because:
- He received very harsh and maximum sentences from Judge John J. Mannion under the most bias, unusual, and suspicious circumstances.
- Even if the sentences were warranted we feel any merciful and reasonable person will agree that what Stanley was forced to endure—seventeen years of facing death everyday on death Row for a crime he did not commit—is enough of a hardship and penalty to be considered as the equivalent of double or triple the time he was expected to serve. (See The Case)