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Former Gov George Ryan appeals "honest service" conviction

Fri, 20 Jul 2012 06:41:44 CDT
By: AP

Attorneys for imprisoned former Illinois Governor George Ryan are going before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today to contest his conviction on several corruption charges. The US Supreme Court in April ordered the appeals court to revisit Ryan's arguments to overturn his conviction. Last year, the lower court rejected arguments the 2006 convictions should be tossed because prosecutors never proved Ryan took a bribe. The high court took issue with how the appeals court reached its decision. In upholding Ryan's convictions, the court concluded defense attorneys didn't make a timely objection to jury instructions about "honest services" laws.   The 78-year-old Ryan is nearing the end of a 6 1/2-year sentence. He is due to be released from a federal prison in mid-2013.

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