Supreme Court denies George Ryan appeal

Feb 19, 2013

George Ryan (credit: Flikr)
Former Illinois Governor George Ryan’s last-ditch effort to appeal his criminal conviction is being denied.  The U.S. Supreme Court made that decision Tuesday.  IPR’s Alex Keefe reports: Ryan’s lawyers have argued for years his corruption conviction should be re-considered after a change in the so-called “honest services” law. The change would require prosecutors to prove a defendant took bribes - and Ryan’s lawyers argued the government never proved that.  But on Tuesday, justices denied Ryan’s appeal without explanation. 
So that's the end of the road." -Former Illinois Governor Jim Thompson.

Former Illinois Governor Jim Thompson is one of Ryan’s lawyers.

 “The governor’s disappointed and we, his lawyers are disappointed, but we knew it was a long-shot when we filed this last petition.”   Ryan was released from prison last month.  He’ll be confined to his home - in Kankakee - until he’s done with his sentence in July.