Ryan defense hopes ruling leads to new trial for former Ill. Gov.

Apr 30, 2012

Attorneys for imprisoned former Illinois Gov. George Ryan say a U.S. Supreme Court decision could eventually lead to a new trial for their client.

Defense lawyer Albert Alschuler spoke on Monday, hours after the high court asked the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to reconsider Ryan's appeal.

He says the high court found the appellate judges erred by not considering aspects of the appeal on their merits.

The decision vacates the appellate court's ruling. But Alschuler says it doesn't automatically mean a new trial and that lots of legal wrangling awaits before that possibility.

Ryan is in the home stretch of a 6 1/2 year prison sentence for racketeering and other charges.