Saturday, July 21, 2012

Lawyers for ex-Gov. George Ryan appear before appeals court - early release may happened due to change in laws

George Ryan took favors from friends — not bribes.

The gifts and vacations from people who did business with the state amounted to “a friend doing a favor for a friend,” Ryan attorney Albert Alschuler said.

That’s the crux of Ryan’s latest, and likely final, effort to get out of prison early, arguing that prosecutors failed to establish that he took a bribe, as required under the so-called “honest services” laws.

Throwing out those convictions would require releasing the 78-year-old former governor because he already has served the bulk of his 61/2-year prison term, Ryan’s attorneys contended.

“The only appropriate sentence would be time served,” former Gov. Jim Thompson, one of Ryan’s attorneys, said after a hearing Friday before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The former governor wasn’t at the hearing. While describing Ryan “as a strong guy,” Thompson said the ex-governor is eager to be freed from a federal prison near Terre Haute, Ind., ahead of his scheduled July 2013 release date.

“He’s hopeful, he’s anxious,” Thompson said. Ryan could be freed from prison within weeks if the federal appeals court sides with him.

The three-justice panel didn’t issue a ruling Friday, but could make a decision that would free Ryan — who was not at the hearing — within a few weeks, Thompson predicted.

In April, the U.S. Supreme Court sent Ryan’s case back to that court to consider whether the instructions given to jurors in Ryan’s 2006 corruption trial were flawed in light of another high court ruling dealing with an arcane legal issue known as honest services fraud.

Defense attorneys have criticized honest services laws as too vague and a last resort of prosecutors in corruption cases that lack the evidence to prove money is changing hands.



Chuck said...

fuck it release him, 5 years out of a 6 year sentence, assholes that shoot people do less time,

Anonymous said...

Ryan deserves to rot in prison.

I Voted For Obama said...

Even though I don't like Republicans, it is time to let George out.

Anonymous said...

The rigged Illinois Corrupt Judicial System will soon free Bozo George, in return for favors granted.

Anonymous said...

Better keep his bunk warm as he'll be back all too soon.

Anonymous said...

I was drunk the day my mom got out of prison,and I went to pick her up in the rain but before I could get to the prison in my pickup truck, she got run over by the god damn train.

Anonymous said...

Make this no good thieving prick serve every last day of his sentence. Thanks to this mutant political hack scores of henious criminals will only get life instead of their justly deserved death sentences. How can this one bastard have the right to reverse the decions of the courts and juries who handed out the death penalty for all that scum who were sitting on death row. He only did this because he knew the Feds were after him and he might gain some sympathy. Leave this son of a whore behind bars. I hope this disgusting bitch never sees the light of freedom.

Anonymous said...

This coniving rat should serve every second of his sentence. Look at all the murderers he rekease into our community. The only reason Jim Thompson defended him for free was that if Ryan ever talks Big Jim would be in the next cell.

Out of the car Motherfucker!!! said...

Maybe Big Jim Thompson will serve out the remainder of Ryans time?
Thompson should be in jail with Ryan He's no better than Ryan!!!!

Anonymous said...

F it, release him. He was corrupt but the major league Chicago/Illinois business honchos I witnessed bullying him and reprimanding him at a back door deal party I catered. They were 5 feet away from my stove.That was the day I learned for real who really runs Illinois. Haven't voted since. That red faced little rat Wurtz was really reading Ryan down about a Judge and Dolph need. Envelopes changed hands and Ryan stayed in the kitchen slamming beers and pacing alone. I got my piece when I approached Ryan and asked him to make animal cruelty a felony in Illinois and he said 'send me an a reminder to sign that legislation and put 'C____ Caterers' on the outside. He signed it 2 months later.I took my dirty $ for the gig and took my better half out to dirty dinner.
They should have pardoned him when his wife was dying for fucks sake.

Anonymous said...

Ryan would have passed CCW.
Sorry but ALL Illinois Politicians are corrupt in one way or another.

He served his time. Let him go.

Let an old man die in peace

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Ryan deserves to rot in prison.

July 21, 2012 11:47 AM

Ill make you a deal> let ryan out but replace him with Quinn,Daley,Madigan,Cullerton and Emmauel.

Anonymous said...

I remember when ryan doubled plate fees since he was only doing 1 term he didn't care.

Ryan is bad like a west nile mosquito.

Anonymous said...

Gov. Ryan should be released! He got screwed. His only crime was being in politics.

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