Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan could be getting out of prison in two weeks according to a report by Chicago Sun-Times' Michael Sneed on Jan. 19. The report states he will be released on Jan. 30 and sent to a halfway house on Chicago's West Side. Ryan, 78, is currently serving a 6 1/2 year sentence for a 2006 conviction on corruption charges at a federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind.
Ryan's attorney, former Gov. Jim Thompson, stated that the former governor had qualified for an early release program last August. The program would permit Ryan to be released five months before his normal July 2013 parole date. Thompson made the announcement a few days after a federal court had denied the appeal Ryan made for an early release.
The former governor had sought to be released from his prison term after a Supreme Court ruling on honest services that had influenced his case. Last July, the appellate court upheld Ryan's corruption convictions. However, the Supreme Court didn't like how they reached their upheld conviction and had asked them to try again. The appellate court stated that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling cutting back the "honest services" laws did not apply to the former governor's case since it obviously was comprised of kickbacks and bribery.
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