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Court Sends Back Former Illinois Gov. Ryan’s Appeal

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CHICAGO - APRIL 17:  Former Illinois Governor George Ryan dodges cameras as he leaves federal court April 17, 2006 in Chicago, Illinois. Ryan was found guilty in his corruption trial after ten days of deliberations.  (Getty/Tim Boyle)

CHICAGO – APRIL 17: Former Illinois Governor George Ryan dodges cameras as he leaves federal court April 17, 2006 in Chicago, Illinois. Ryan was found guilty in his corruption trial after ten days of deliberations. (Getty/Tim Boyle)

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court wants a lower court to look again at the latest attempt by former Ill. Gov. George Ryan to overturn his corruption convictions.

The high court on Monday asked the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to reconsider an appeal by Ryan, who has served more than three years of his 6 1/2-year sentence.

The former governor was convicted of steering state contracts and leases to political insiders while he was secretary of state and then as governor, receiving vacations and gifts in return. He also was accused of stopping an investigation into secretary of state employees accepting bribes in exchange for truck driver’s licenses.

Justices since have severely curtailed prosecutors’ use of “honest services” law, which was used in Ryan’s conviction.

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