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Closing Arguments Begin In George Ryan Trial

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“Closing arguments are expected to begin this morning in the corruption trial of former Illinois governor George Ryan.

These closings come after 22 weeks of trial. The jury has heard from more than 100 witnesses and seen reams of paper evidence, including tax forms, state leases, cashed checks, vacation photographs and Christmas cards.

Both sides will probably take the whole week to sum up their cases.

Jurors had last week off while attorneys hashed out instructions for them to use in deliberations. The court also agreed on an abridged, 88-page version of the indictment against Ryan and his co-defendant, Larry Warner. That’s a partial victory for the prosecution as the defense didn’t want jurors to have the indictment at all. But the judge rejected the defense’s 68 page verdict form, which one assistant U-S attorney said he couldn’t even get through.

The court hopes jurors can begin deliberations early next week.”

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