Skilling Doesn't Alter Ryan Conviction: 7th Circ.

Law360, New York (July 6, 2011, 3:09 PM EDT) -- The Seventh Circuit on Wednesday rejected former Illinois Gov. George Ryan’s bid to escape his prison sentence and stage a new corruption trial, concluding that his fraud conviction withstands the U.S. Supreme Court's holding in Skilling.

Affirming a district court, a three-judge panel found that the high court's narrow interpretation of honest services fraud in Skilling did not undo Ryan’s mail fraud conviction because a jury could have convicted the former governor under the new standards, given the overwhelming evidence that the payments at issue were...
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