It seems that clout isn't something unique to political machinations of Chicago.
“The evidence is mounting that there was far more to the release of Megrahi than simply a judicial decision based on compassion,” [Edward Davey, the Liberal Democrat foreign affairs spokesman] said.Friends and deals are "suggested" by various meetings with people and statements of folks on the Libyan side of the equation.
It may all mean nothing, but it seems odd to say you would release a man convicted of an act of terrorism because he was diagnosed with cancer. Does that mean cancer patients can commit acts of atrocity and never face prison? That what the ruling seems to say on the face of it. (He was sent home to die with his family.)