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Supreme Court Won't Delay Ryan's Jailtime

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Supreme Court Won't Delay Ryan's Jailtime

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that former Illinois governor George Ryan must report to prison tomorrow. The high court denied Ryan’s request that he remain free while it decides whether to hear his case.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens asked the U.S. Attorney and the U.S. Solicitor General for opinions before making his decision. Both said Ryan should begin serving his six-and-a-half year sentence.

Ryan has remained free since he was convicted in 2006 on fraud and racketeering charges. His attorneys maintain the former governor did not get a fair trial, due to what they call “a raft of juror misconduct.” They say the Supreme Court should hear the case.

In the meantime, Ryan must report to the federal minimum security prison camp in Oxford, Wisconsin, by 5 p.m. tomorrow.

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