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Supreme Court won't hear ex-Illinois Governor George Ryan's appeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to hear former Illinois Governor George Ryan's appeal of his conviction and 6-1/2-year prison sentence for racketeering, fraud and other crimes involving kickbacks for state contracts and property leases.Full story

Patrick Fitzgerald takes on Socrates at mock trial

Patrick Fitzgerald has prosecuted mobsters, terrorists, a White House aide and two Illinois governors. Full story

Ex-Ill. governor returns home after prison release

Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan was released from prison before dawn Wednesday, stopping only briefly at a halfway house before he was allowed to travel home to serve the rest of his sentence for corruption. Full story

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File photo of former Illinois Governor Ryan giving a statement after being found guilty in Chicago
File photo of former Illinois Governor Ryan giving a statement after being found guilty in Chicago

Former Illinois Governor George Ryan gives a statement after being found guilty in his corruption trial in the federal court in Chicago in this April 17, 2006 file photo. REUTERS/Stephen J. Carrera/Files

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Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan, right, arrives at a halfway house in Chicago on Wednesday, after serving five-plus years in federal prison on corruption charges. The 78-year-old Ryan began serving his 6 1/2-year sentence in November 2007 in Oxford, Wis., and was released from another prison in Ter