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Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan (R), who gained fame for his moratorium on death penalty cases, "was sentenced Wednesday to 6 1/2 years in prison," the Chicago Tribune writes.  "Ryan was snared in an eight-year federal probe that exposed rampant bribery in state driver's license facilities while he was secretary of state."

The Houston Chronicle reports that the FBI recently conducted interviews "to find out whether former U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay's wife received pay from a lobbying firm without doing any work...  The interviews could signal that [DeLay] is still under investigation related to the dealings of ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff."