Federal appeals court upholds fraud conviction of Illinois ex-governor Ryan Mike Rosen-Molina at 12:29 PM ET
[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Tuesday upheld [PDF text] the conviction of former Illinois Gov. George Ryan [defense website] on fraud and corruption charges, ruling that the district court judge acted properly when she replaced two jurors after it was discovered they had concealed their criminal backgrounds. Ryan may now begin his 6 1/2 year prison sentence [JURIST report]. Co-defendant Lawrence Warner, who was convicted and sentenced to 3 1/2 years for his role in the fraud, also had his sentence affirmed.
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