Supreme Court refuses to hear George Ryan appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear an appeal from former Illinois Governor George Ryan on his corruption conviction.

Ryan was found guilty in 2005 of racketeering, fraud and other crimes involving kickbacks for state contracts and property leases.

He was released from prison last month, and is serving the rest of his sentence at his home in Kankakee.

Since his conviction, he has filed several legal challenges.

His latest attempt dealt with the so-called “honest services” issue.

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4 comments

  • edward c. stengel

    This endless appeal of George Ryan's conviction on all 22 counts against him is nothing but an attempt to get his pension back. It won't work because they're not going to throw out all 22 counts, and even 1 felony conviction will cost him his pension. Then, you wonder why they're doing it? You won't believe the answer. Our traitor politicians in Washington, D.C., passed a federal law several years ago (this applies only to federal and not state cases) that if an individual convicted of a federal crime dies while an appeal is in process, that his original conviction is thrown out and he is considered not guilty. Have you ever heard of anything so shameful and outright treasonous? Our politicians in Washington, D.C. are the worst criminals on this earth. George Ryan's plan, with the assistance of his attorney, Jim Thompson, is to keep this on appeal endlessly so that old Georgie dies, his family will collect a lump sum in his estate for all the years he lost his pension of $192,000 per year. They're trying to enrich his family upon his death at the expense of the taxpayers of the state of Illinois. Ain't that a kick in the head?

    • pagan69

      Instead of the legislature worrying about Shark Fin legislation pass a bill that states when you are convicted of a felony and sentenced you lose all your benefits, PERIOD. Works for the Millitary.
      No Amendments and no wiggle room for lawyers, WHEN YOU ARE FOUND GUILTY AND SENTENCED TO A FELONY YOU LOOSE YOUR BENEFITS, PERIOD.

      No, that doesn’t impact on the benefits

      No Amendments and no wiggle room for lawyers, WHEN YOU ARE FOUND GUILTY AND SENTENCED TO A FELONY YOU LOOSE YOUR BENEFITS, PERIOD.

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