It is round two in appeals court for the attorneys of former governor George Ryan, who are trying to get him out of prison early. Ryan’s attorneys argued there was no evidence that the former secretary of state and governor took bribes – which landed him in prison for six-and-a-half years – and the court should overturn the conviction. Federal prosecutors disagreed.
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The decision now lies in the hands of three judges. It will likely take weeks before they announce their decision. If they overturn the conviction, Ryan’s attorneys will seek to get him out of prison as soon as possible. If the conviction stands, his attorneys will take the case to the Illinois Supreme Court one last time. Ryan is due to be released from prison in July, 2013 – although he is slated for work release in January.