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George Ryan's Appeal Denied

By Margaret Lyons in News on Oct 25, 2007 3:22PM

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today not to grant former Governor George Ryan a new trial. (We kind of love the Court's really minimal, busted-looking website.) In a 6-3 decision, the
justices said "the evidence of the [Ryan]'s guilt was overwhelming," and they refused to grant Ryan an "en banc" hearing--which is when all 11 judges on the court hear a case together. Ryan's pretty much SOL at this point, but his lawyers say they'll appeal again, this time to the Supreme Court, though it's unlikely that court will hear the case.

Ryan might have to start is 6 and 1/2 year sentence as soon as this weekend.

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