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CHICAGO � The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request by former Illinois Governor George Ryan yesterday to have his appeal of a conviction on federal fraud and racketeering charges heard by the full court, letting the guilty verdict stand despite the defendant’s argument that the six-month trial was marred by juror misconduct. Former Illinois Governor Jim Thompson, now a Winston & Strawn attorney who has been representing Ryan, has said previously that Ryan would appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court if the appeals court refused an en banc hearing. Thompson has taken on the job of representing his fellow Republican to assist law firm colleague Dan Webb, who defended Ryan in the 2006 U.S. District Court of Northern Illinois trial. The full appellate court was asked to reconsider Ryan’s appeal after a three-judge 7th Circuit panel refused in August to overturn a ruling by U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer in which she found that a new trial was not merited. The 2-1 7th Circuit decision in August determined that the lower court trial may not have been “picture-perfect,” but was handled in an “acceptable manner.” The full court in its 6-3 decision yesterday/last week denied the request for a hearing without issuing an opinion. In a dissent, three 7th Circuit judges said that while the evidence against Ryan may be “overwhelming” that doesn’t preclude his right to a “trial that meets minimum standards of procedural justice.” The dissenters, including Richard Posner, Michael Kanne and Ann Claire Williams, echoed 18 points made by Kanne in his August dissent that detailed juror troubles and judicial missteps. The judges also underlined the risk of juror fatigue in such a long trial.

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